Sarah Wray – FlyLogix has announced that is has conducted the longest, beyond line of sight, civilian drone flight in UK.
The flight, conducted on 17th July, saw Flylogix’s Condor Drone complete an inspection of the DP3 unmanned platform on behalf of oil and gas operator Centrica. The drone took off from Blackpool Airport and flew the 88km round trip to the platform in the East Irish Sea, which forms part of Centrica’s Morecambe Bay operations.
FlyLogix worked in close collaboration with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Centrica, Blackpool Airport and other air space users, to ensure the safety and success of the record operation.
Condor returned detailed infrared imagery from the flight. The use of long range drones to complete remote offshore inspection provides operators with imagery and data without the cost and risk of mobilising personnel offshore.
“A major milestone”
FlyLogix Chairman, Charles Tavner, said: “This is a major milestone for FlyLogix as we showcase the significant benefits of our long range offshore drone service, and ultimately demonstrate the future of offshore inspection and logistics. We are grateful for the support of the CAA, Centrica, Blackpool Airport and other air space users, to ensure the success of this record service.”
He added: “We are extremely excited about rolling this service out more widely.”