On June 23rd, 2015, SkySpecs was awarded a 333 exemption – the only type of clearance that authorizes companies to legally fly drones in the US. As UpWind’s official partner in the wind industry, this FAA Exemption allows SkySpecs to fly an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with their proprietary collision-avoidance technology called Guardian to visually inspect and photograph wind turbines.
“This is new ground. We are so excited to have drones actually collecting real, useful data for up-close inspection of wind turbines. We'll be working with Upwind to deploy our technology to wind farms across the country. It's only a matter of time before drones will be collecting better inspection data faster and safer than ever before.” - Danny Ellis, CEO of SkySpecs
SkySpecs provides the most advanced UAV technology available enabling easy completion of turbine tower, nacelle, and blade inspections but also has other applications for turbines with structural damage or fires. The Guardian technology allows technicians with minimal flight training or experience to be able to conduct high quality inspections from only a few feet away from the blade without risk of collision.
UpWind’s partnership with SkySpecs will revolutionize blade inspections with a higher quality, safer, and lower cost solution for wind farm owners to rapidly inspect their fleet.
"We are proud to be partnered with SkySpecs and developing a technology solution for wind energy that will ultimately provide safer, lower cost blade inspections for our customers, that will also deliver a superior report. We are always striving to set new standards in O&M Excellence, and this new technology enables us to advance blade inspections and services in pro-active programmatic manner." - Peter Wells, CEO of UpWind Solutions
About UpWind Solutions
UpWind Solutions is the wind industry’s most comprehensive independent service provider of maintenance, performance engineering, upgrades & repairs, parts, and technical support services. They operate and maintain a 3GW fleet of all major OEM technologies in North America with over 300 highly trained technicians and engineering team. For additional information visit: http://www.upwindsolutions.com