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AUVSI 2016: Nocturnal UAV ops approved

27th April 2016 - 12:00 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in London


An Ohio-based construction company has become the first-ever commercial drone operator to be granted US FAA approval to conduct UAV operations at night, it has been announced.

In a sign of the growing uses for UAVs in the commercial world, Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance will now be able to inspect buildings after sundown for energy leaks, rooftop damage, deteriorating façades, safety issues and other potential problems.

In partnership with Toronto-based Industrial SkyWorks (ISW), Tremco has developed the SkyBEAM (Building Envelope Aerial Mapping) UAV, which utilises high-definition (HD) video and infrared cameras.

Night operations are particular important in the construction …

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