With thirty years of experience in the aviation testing and inspection environment, HurleyIR believes that Drones/UAS Aerial test and inspections are the future of the industry. The most distinct benefit of UAS inspections is the considerably reduced risk of a drone operation over a much larger manned craft.
A crew should consist of minimally a certified drone operator and a certified camera operator, each having their own controller for the operation. The thermal imager is not less than a 640×480 focal plane array having the appropriate optics for flight restrictions of the mission. The visual imaging system is not less than 12,000,000 pixels, and also has variable zoom optics to accommodate the mission.
The UAV will be launched from a clear area and then be manually piloted into position over each inspection area, approximately 20ft from the subject. The UAV will then use GPS and barometric sensors to hold its position while the camera is used to obtain high resolution still imagery. The pilot will position the UAV using direct visual observation and altitude telemetry. After each target is photographed, the UAV will then be piloted to the next pole, and so on.