Civilian Drone Completes 88km BVLOS Flight

By Mike Ball / 26 Jul 2017

Flylogix Condor drone

FlyLogix, a conductor of long range unmanned operations to offshore installations, has announced that it has conducted what it claims is the furthest BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) civilian drone flight in the UK.

The flight 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 has worked in close collaboration with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Centrica, Blackpool Airport and other airspace users, to ensure the safety and success of this operation.

Condor rapidly returned detailed infrared imagery from the flight. The use of long range drones to complete remote offshore inspection provides operators with unparalleled imagery and data without the cost and risk of mobilising personnel offshore.

Commenting on the record flight, 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. FlyLogix is uniquely placed to deliver this service. We have clearly shown the track record, the technology and industry knowledge to complete these operations. We are extremely excited about rolling this service out more widely, and the future prospects of FlyLogix as the trusted service provider.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact