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Drone pilot training center on fast track in North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A major U.S. defense contractor that is opening an unmanned aircraft training academy in North Dakota may start with a temporary structure because of the growing demand for pilots and other crew members, the head of a drone business park says. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. held its groundbreaking ceremony earlier this month at Grand Sky, ...

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TAMU-CC drones will monitor oil industry

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has received a $539,998 grant to research and develop an unmanned aircraft system that can detect emissions from oil and gas pipelines and plants. This is the first time the university has ever gotten the three-year grant from the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program. University researchers plan to build and program the aircraft system, ...

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Agriculture could be biggest user of commercial drones

At the end of a dirt road in Dakota County, University of Minnesota researchers lean over the back of a pickup truck and tinker with a black, eight-armed machine about the size of an office wastebasket. Minutes later tiny rotor blades on each arm whir into action, their whine sounding like a huge swarm of bees as the octocopter shoots ...

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FAA approves drones for Xcel

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Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest utility company, plans to use drones to inspect power lines, the Denver Post reports. The Federal Aviation Administration approved the company’s application last week. “We have been thinking about the use of drones for the past couple of years,” Michael Lamb, Xcel vice president of operating services, told the Post. “As costs have come down and ...

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Drones are back in the Marcellus

This article was updated on May 5, 2015 at 4:49 p.m. Drones have been in and out of the news for quite some time now, but just recently a Pennsylvania firm has decided to use them for work rather than play. Identified Technologies is hoping that oil and gas operators will use its fleet of drones to survey and maintain ...

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Drones may change search for gas field hazards

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PITTSBURGH — A helicopter equipped with magnetic sensors flew over three plots of Pennsylvania state lands hunting for signs of forgotten oil and gas wells last summer at a cost of about $2,000 an hour. Meanwhile, a promising tool that had potential to be part of the research mission was parked in Pittsburgh: an unmanned six-foot-long helicopter that can fly for ...

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Can Energy Companies Legally Use Drones?

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Kate Roskow Chrisman | Breaking Energy With an almost eagle-eye-view of the Rocky Mountains from his office in Denver, Robert Attai advises clients on the emerging field of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), otherwise known as drones. A partner in the law firm of Husch Blackwell, his clients sometime seek advice after acquiring a smaller firm that is using UAS in ...

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Drones could soon fly Pa. skies

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Unmanned drone aircraft are becoming more commonplace for applications like military operations and capturing aerial images. Now they could find work in Pennsylvania’s energy industry, according to the Times Herald of Norristown, Pa. Identified Technologies, a startup company from the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, manufactures the small flying robots they say can handle jobs ...

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BP initiates the use of drones on rig sites (Video)

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By: Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media BP is now approved to use commercial drones in their Alaskan oil operations. They are the first company to be approved for drone technology. The drones will be used to monitor maintenance activities for various structures such as roads and pipelines. BP has been testing the drones in the Prudhoe Bay area, due ...

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New Bakken workers? Oil, gas industry shows interest in drones

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By Katherine Lymn , The Dickinson Press “Drone central.” “The Silicon Valley for unmanned aircraft.” North Dakota. With the oil and gas industry in the western side of the state always looking to be more efficient, and ongoing research at the University of North Dakota on the eastern edge, North Dakota could be the petri dish for future commercial applications of unmanned ...

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