Star Tribune: Xcel Energy gets permission from FAA to fly drones

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Star Tribune: Xcel Energy gets permission from FAA to fly drones

On Tuesday, Xcel Energy Inc. won approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate the small, unmanned aircraft at low altitude in less-populated regions and within an operator’s line of sight. Xcel Energy Inc. now plans to begin flying drones to inspect power lines and other energy facilities.

Workers likely will use the aircraft to inspect hard-to-reach and environmentally sensitive areas, although the scope and timing of the program are not yet certain, said Michael Lamb, vice president of operating services for Xcel.

Xcel Energy gets permission from FAA to fly drones

By | 2015-05-19T21:44:29+00:00 May 19th, 2015|Drones, FAA|Comments Off on Star Tribune: Xcel Energy gets permission from FAA to fly drones

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