An upskill course for electric grid inspection drone pilots

Drone company PrecisionHawk is joining forces with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) to upskill the latter’s Part 107 drone pilot members. PrecisionHawk wants to teach NRECA drone operators how to inspect electricity transmission and distribution assets more safely and efficiently across the United States.  

Electric cooperatives in the US power 56% of the nation’s landmass while owning and maintaining 2.7 million miles of electric distribution lines across 48 states. Roughly 300 electric co-ops currently use drones as part of their operations processes. And they’re the ones this upskill program aims to benefit.

Upskill drone pilot training for utilities

The 10-hour upskill program is designed to provide hands-on training, and as such, it will be conducted in the field. Part 107 drone pilots can expect to learn the dos and don’ts of flying safely in hazardous environments and emergency situations. They will also be taught the best…