The FAA has approved Industrial SkyWorks to operate the Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS commercially in the U.S. through its partnership with Tremco Roofing and Maintenance
Waterloo, ON – April 21, 2016 – Aeryon Labs Inc., the leader in small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAS), announced today that Toronto-based Industrial SkyWorks (ISW), a leader in aerial building inspections using unmanned technologies, is the first commercial operator to be approved for nighttime operations in the U.S. The Aeryon SkyRanger is named as the small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) that will be deployed to capture the visual evidence of where a building is losing energy or needs repair, especially in areas that are difficult to access, such as a roof.
ISW has been successfully operating the Aeryon SkyRanger under the Tremco Roofing SkyBEAM brand in Canada over the past 18 months. The SkyBEAM (Building Envelope Asset Mapping) UAS is used to fly around buildings capturing high-definition (HD) video and thermographic (infrared) imagery to locate energy leaks, rooftop damage, poor or missing window sealing or wet rooftop insulation, safety issues and other potential problems.
Infrared scanning is most effective at night, when the sun cannot affect the temperature of the building. Traditional infrared scans require technicians to walk rooftops at night, while other inspections dictate working from scaffolding or cranes. SkyBEAM is safer, faster, more cost effective and more accurate than conventional methods of inspecting and mapping buildings.
“This recent exemption by the FAA is extremely positive for Industrial SkyWorks, Tremco Roofing and Maintenance and for commercial operations in general,” commented Aeryon Labs President & CEO, Dave Kroetsch. “We are excited that Industrial SkyWorks is the first commercial company to conduct nighttime inspections with the Aeryon SkyRanger in the U.S. Aeryon sUAS have been deployed for nighttime missions in search & rescue and other mission-critical applications for years and this shows that the market and the FAA continue to broaden the uses for the technology”.
“We appreciate the significance of this new approval”, said Michael Cohen, President, Industrial SkyWorks. “We regard this as an opportunity to help define best practices and set the standard for nighttime inspection applications. Working with Aeyron Labs will help demonstrate to the FAA and the broader UAS industry that unmanned aerial data capture continues to have many benefits for the commercial market.”
With a reputation and proven track record for reliable operation in extreme environments, Aeryon sUAS set the standard for aerial intelligence gathering – by anyone, anywhere, at any time, including nighttime.
This 3D model animation is an example of how the images and data collected by the SkyRanger can be used to provide a 360 degree view of a building or structure.
About Aeryon Labs Inc.
Aeryon Labs is the premier manufacturer of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) which are at the center of major world events and international media stories. The company is the trusted partner of civil and military customers, resellers, and other commercial business partners around the globe. Aeryon Labs is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Field-tested and mission-proven, Aeryon sUAS set the standard for immediate aerial intelligence gathering by anyone, anywhere, anytime, for a wide range of military, public safety and commercial applications.
About Industrial SkyWorks
Industrial SkyWorks is a Toronto-based commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and data solutions company. We serve industrial and commercial markets worldwide, providing UAV data and image collection, technical analysis and advanced image modeling services. Industrial SkyWorks brings the strength of IT to unmanned aerial systems (UAS), by deploying our own proprietary applications and working with our in-house GIS and IT professionals to build custom state-of-the-art solutions for our clients.