Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) can provide different work for tower climbers. UAS inspections can save workers a climb and free them up for other tasks, said experts on-hand for a UAS demonstration Tuesday, organized by the National Tower Erectors Association. Four NATE member companies flew their UAS close to a 198-ft. Crown Castle tower in Gainesville, VA, just outside of the D.C. restricted airspace.
Using UAS for tower inspections can mean one-third fewer climbs need to be performed, Jim Goldwater, NATE Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, told Inside Towers.
“Our job is to make sure our people get home safe,” said NATE Chairman
Jim Tracy to the assembled crowd of 55-plus people. Using UAS or drones,
means less risk for climbers from working at elevation, he said.
The four companies that flew drone aircraft were: ETAK Systems, Talon Aerolytics, Ehresmann Engineering, and B+T Group.
All contract with Crown Castle for tower work. In addition to industry
workers, officials from the FCC, FAA, OSHA and SBA attended the event. Continue Reading