Green Aviation offers drone-based monitoring for agriculture, energy sectors
15 July 2015 | 0
Green Aviation has introduced Ireland’s first commercial drone service.
The company uses a selection of drones ranging from 11kg to 150kg in weight flying cameras weighing anywhere between 3kg to 35kg, Green Aviation is able to service a diverse market place in data collection tailored to its specific and varying needs.
“Clients come to us with an array of different requirements and the current ‘one size fits all’ approach is not working for them. Utility companies for example, who currently would use helicopters to monitor the national grid are switching to our large, industrial Inspection drone as it is silent, compared to the helicopters which are very loud – particularly at low levels which disturb livestock,” said Green Aviation CEO and former commercial airline pilot Oisin Green. “Wind farm operators on the other hand, need a small, efficient flying camera to inspect infrastructure at great heights. We would have a very different offering for this type of client to fulfill that need.”
According to an economic impact report by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), precision agriculture will form nearly 50% of the overall drone market in the US this year.
“Drone surveillance and data collection is of huge benefit to the large agriculture sector in Ireland. Farmers can use drones to take aerial imagery of their crops to assess their health. This info can then inform farmers which exact areas need attention, as opposed to operating in the absence of such specific information.
“Drones have wide appeal in the commercial sector. They can be utilised to support sectors such as telecommunications, construction, utilities and of course, the film and entertainment industry. One of our drones was in fact used in the making of Hollywood blockbusters such as Mission Impossible, Skyfall and Harry Potter, and the team from Flying-Cam who have designed and operated this specific drone, were the recipients of two Academy Awards for their aerial filming efforts.”