OMAHA, Neb.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Valmont Industries, Inc. (NYSE: VMI), a global leader providing vital infrastructure and advancing agricultural productivity while driving innovation through technology, is pleased to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA) granted the company a National Beyond Visual Line of Sight Waiver (BVLOS) program.
The BVLOS waiver gives Valmont the ability to fly its hours-capable unmanned drones for commercial inspections of utility lines across the country at any time, eliminating the need to wait for FAA geographic approval. . In addition to removing the geographic restriction, Valmont’s entire diverse fleet of unmanned aerial systems has been included.
“This nationwide waiver goes hand-in-hand with Valmont’s primary goal of providing our customers with more efficient and faster service through technology,” said Angi Chamberlain, Vice President UAS Technology Services for Valmont. “Using drone technology allows us to reduce costs and provide an improved alternative to manned aviation.
Using drone technology allows Valmont to collect high resolution imagery and infrastructure performance data safely and quickly. It also opens the door for future waivers as the company moves towards a completely self-contained solution.
“To our knowledge, we are one of the first five entities to benefit from this derogation agreement”, explains Aaron Schapper, president of the Valmont Infrastructure group. “We consider this a clear endorsement from the FAA, acknowledging that Valmont has the right people, the training, the technology and a proven history for the continuous advancement of operational innovation.
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