National Grid hails breakthrough drone permit

National Grid looks set to ramp up the use of drones to carry out infrastructure inspections after the UK aviation authority granted a first-of-its kind licence. After years of trials, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given the green light for’s technology to be used for BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) aerial inspections of live overhead powerline assets. It is the first time such a licence has been granted in the UK.

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