Solusia Air Receives FAA Exemption

Solusia Air recently received an exemption from the FAA to use unmanned aircraft systems to perform asset audits and safety inspections for wireless utility and infrastructure firms. Solusia Air is an affiliate of Solusia Services.

The Aibot X6 UAS by Leica Geosystems is the UAS included in the exemption, according to a news release. Solusia Air UAS services for wireless carriers and tower operators include asset audits, high-definition photo and video inspection, RF microwave path validation, intermodulation/interference identification, wildlife species identification, and safety assessments.

UAS inspections provide utility companies with high-definition photo and video data for inspection of substation infrastructure, IR inspections, 3D imaging and point cloud/photogrammetry of utility towers and transmission lines, and wind turbine inspections, according to the release.

“Wireless infrastructure is in a continuous, dynamic lifecycle,” Solusia Air CEO Chris Moccia said, according to the release. “As new technologies are deployed to keep up with the growing demand for mobile data and high-speed connections, towers need to be audited to document and verify existing configurations and equipment inventories. With UAS solutions, this auditing process can now include timely online retrieval of data and images that customers need to make strategic planning, construction and maintenance decisions.”

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