2017-03-13 ---For Immediate Release Contact: Sean Greenwood +1 (403) 796-5102
Canadian UAVs Completes The First BVLOS Pipeline and Powerline Inspections in Canada, Ushering in New Age of Unmanned Aviation & Industrial Compliance
FOREMOST, Alberta, Mar. 10, 2017 – Regular Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) operations significantly advance as Canadian UAVs and Lockheed Martin CDL Systems completes the first BVLOS pipeline, well site and power line inspections using the Transport Canada Compliant Lockheed Martin Indago 2 at the Foremost Testing Range.
Canadian UAVs seeks to provide its’ customers with innovative and cutting edge technology to ensure safe and economic data acquisition for oil and gas and other industrial assets. At the UAV Testing Facility in Foremost, Alberta, Canadian UAVs successfully performed multiple BVLOS operations to inspect several pipelines, wellheads and powerlines. This demonstration leverages Canadian UAVs best of breed solutions to provide BVLOS operations for its customers while maintaining strict manned aviation safety best practices.
“It’s a milestone our team has been working towards for years.” Said Sean Greenwood President of Canadian UAVs Inc. “Going BVLOS has technically been solved for some time with regards to powerful communications links and autopilot hardware. Canadian UAVs has been focused on creating an end-to-end paradigm in coordination with Transport Canada to conduct these operations outside of Restricted Military Airspace where our customers have a substantial regulatory and logistical needs to acquire actionable data. Due to our in-house combined military and commercial, manned and unmanned aviation backgrounds, the most advanced Lockheed Martin unmanned aircraft systems and a constant drive to evolve our aerial solutions, we have been able to demonstrate today the most logical operating structure for BVLOS on the market.”
“We are pleased that Canadian UAVs has selected our Indago 2 aircraft system with mobile ground control station as a solution for their commercial enterprise.” Said John Molberg, Business Development lead for Lockheed Martin CDL Systems. “Our systems routinely fly beyond line of sight for our military customers, and that has allowed us to gain compliance status with Transport Canada for use in commercial airspace. This flight achievement is a bellwether for Canadian UAVs, Lockheed Martin and Foremost Test Range, while also showcasing the leadership provided by Unmanned Systems Canada and Transport Canada for the safe use of unmanned systems in Canadian airspace.”
“The ability to use BVLOS for UAV inspection and survey purposes would considerably increase safety, economic, and environmental considerations. As many of the assets and areas we are interested in surveying are located in regions of dense muskeg and access is significantly limited. Using traditional techniques on the ground for performing integrity inspections on remote sites or conducting reclamation monitoring would require the construction of either winter ice roads, or extensive summer access. This is not only an expensive exercise, but it’s also environmentally disruptive, as it creates numerous linear disturbances that potentially affect wildlife. BVLOS with a UAV is an improvement over performing inspections and monitoring with a manned helicopter, as it is safer from a worker exposure point-of-view. Additionally, helicopter use has been known to scare off wildlife, which is counterproductive to the activity of conducting wildlife monitoring in remote areas. As oil sands operators continue to collaborate on regional initiatives, the ability to employ BLVOS with a UAV further enhances the possibilities to cooperate on environmental and regulatory activities.” Beau Chaitan, Environmental and Regulatory Engineer MEG Energy
For more information, visit our website: canadianuavs.ca.
About Canadian UAVs:
A Mountain View Helicopters division headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canadian UAVs provides low-cost surveillance, monitoring, training and reporting for commodity-based operations, utilities and real estate through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles UAVs.
2016-11-08 -- For Immediate Release Contact: Sean Greenwood +1 (403) 796-5102
Canadian UAVs President Speaks At The Unmanned Systems Canada Annual Conference Regarding UAV Maintenance
Sean Greenwood discusses the current state of the commercial UAV industry in Canada and how maintenance must be addressed by the general industry in order to increase safety and customer trust.
RE: Unmanned Maintenance: an enabler of industry growth
Aviation has had 5 major inflection points:
• WW1 --> rapid increase in design and funding -->prop, fixed wing --> came home to roost in civilian airspace --> early ortho surveying, mail delivery, medivac
• WW2 --> ultra high speed prop fixed wing and the development of the turbine fighter --> lead to trans Atlantic, transcontinental flight
• Korea/Vietnam --> massive advancement in helicopter design, understanding of emergency procedures --> returned to the civilian theatre for medivac, power line installation, upstream exploration (oil and gas)
• The Iraq/Afghanistan war(s) --> the unmanned age --> $3 trillion spent on both wars --> exponential increase in unmanned vehicles --> robust autopilots in combination of cell phone technology = exponential increase in civilian use of unmanned aviation products.
Through each of these inflection points the general population initially didn’t fully trust the aviation technology and therefore enable certain use cases, until the reliability (intelligent design and maintenance of the designs integrity) got to a certain level. The reliability of airworthiness is established by the manufacturers and maintained by the AME or maintenance engineer.
What is critical for everyone to remember is that we are still in early days of this technology. What the market considers an advanced UAV systems design today will be laughable in 10 years. The previous advancements of design came from pilots pushing the limits and maintenance engineers making it work, then, the maintainer telling the manufacturer what the next model must have for these use cases/environments.
At the moment, there is a general disconnect between the manufacture and the operator because the middle ground does not have a well and uniformly educated engineer to express the requirements in the field.
Currently, UAV hull insurance is over 5 times that of manned aviation due to uneducated actors and a complete lack of structure around airworthiness. The largest underwriter in Canada has started to refuse to insure applicants due to several bad experiences such as operators intentionally crashing their UAV for a new model. This is in part thanks to the extreme depreciation rates of these vehicles but also that most people who buy these airframes don’t know how to discriminate between a toy and an actual commercial aviation product. Only 1% of the people buying these units have the experience to ask: how the vehicle reacts to power failure, link failure, gps failure, whether there’s a POH or maintenance outlines. When all commercial operators will be required to have compliant vehicles in the next 2 years you’re going to see a massive ‘write-off’ vehicles claimed and the other operators will ultimately have to pay for it. There is an ‘uneducated’ component of this industry which is increasing the costs of operating for everyone else. More over that same component is under cutting true operators by under representing the true cost of compliance because again, they don’t know what they don’t know.
High Hull rates are forcing operators to self insure. This maybe acceptable for larger operations however the net effect is that generally people buy cheaper less capable systems as the cost of loosing the unit is otherwise very high. These cheaper units are not compliant, don’t have operator training programs and don’t have maintenance schedules. Self insurance is increasing risk to the whole National Airspace System. If we are able to get more formal maintenance structures the insurance companies can reduce the costs of hull insurance which will bring the industry into a more institutional steady state.
Rampant Illegal commercial flights advertised on Kijiji – 100 horizontal minimums from unincorporated persons/structures???
Determination of fault
Maintenance is not only the bedrock of operations but also for the generally safe perception of the industry. Similar to the oil and gas industry, one pipeline spill by one operator brands the whole industry negatively.
The current UAV market effectively has its head in the sand with regards to what the systems can do and what they represent. ‘Autopilot’ is a misnomer. A pilot’s job isn’t to Fly A to B, it is to manage risk and in the event of a systems failure, to ensure that the vehicle and its inhabitants return to the ground safely. This technology represents a reduction or change in the number of tasks the human must participate in, as the ‘system’ manages more of the work load.
Maintenance of airworthiness is more important in some respects than it is in manned aviation as the technology is taking over more of the operator’s roles, with the proliferation of ‘pro-sumer drones’ and their inherent (and perhaps criminal) negligence for standardized design. The latest offering from both DJI and GOPRO have oriented their NAV lights completely wrong. This is worse than if they didn’t have any nav lights at all because now manned pilots who are flying near these aircraft are given false or misleading information of that aircrafts direction.
The point is that we are still in the early days of this technology. The use cases are still in flux and therefore so are the design and market participants. As such, we need to all realize that the systems must be maintained to ‘as new’ condition at minimum. Most of these units are ‘built for purpose’ in the USA or other warm climates. Canada is different… its colder, more barren and unforgiving.
Without proper record keeping and maintenance any issue or event will be solely on the operator and therefore the insurance underwriter (if they are insured properly). A well-trained maintainer who is following the manufacturer's instructions and ensure that all work has been recorded is an insurance policy. If the operator has done everything in their power both during the flight (pilot) and in the lead-up (maintenance) then the accountability lands on the manufacturer.
At the moment there is no effective mechanism to enforce the current rules at scale which is hurting the operators who are working within the rules. It’s simply not practical to expect Transport to ‘in person’ audit all commercial and private operators in Canada. What is possible however is to have standardized Excel based logs sheets which outline the who, what, where, why of all flights.
An example of an Excel based log book which can detail certain ‘parameters of interest’ for quality assurance.
All autopilots can self generate the information for these logs and can even encrypt the entries from tampering from the operator. Transport can mandate that all future aircraft must have this function to be airworthy. The National Research Council (NRC) can develop the software and macros to audit the data so that all the Transport officer is presented with is the negligent actors. This further encourages ‘good actors’ and focusses Transports resources on future rules and enforcement on the smaller scope of ‘bad actors’.
Unmanned technology is happening. There will need to be people to maintain these systems. There is no program for marine, land and air as of yet. This is an opportunity. This must be addressed.
As we are all aware, the next major hurtle is standardized commercial BVLOS flights in the civilian national airspace. This will not be a hockey stick growth graph with no set backs or massive leaps in enabling technologies. What is for sure however is that those of us who venture out into to this will either keep maintenance a priority for the betterment of not only ourselves but for that of the industry as a whole, or one bad apple will shut this whole thing down.
I propose we get a head of this while we still can. As we already have a ‘compliant operators’ syllabus we must also develop a ‘compliant maintainers syllabus.
The Alberta Aviation Council has been working to get a UAV maintainers course registered with the province and we are hoping that you can understand the value of such a program and how it can help the industry and the country as it competes on the world stage.
• Two Alberta Government Ministries are in support of this initiative. Advanced Education and Economic Development and Trade
• SAIT has shown an interest in the maintenance component.
• Many insurance companies and brokers are supported this maintenance initiative. (Catlin, HUB Insurance, Marsh)
• National Research Council is interested in this initiative.
• Two organizations in Saskatchewan are interested in the initiative. One organization indicated that this maintenance program would be of interest in the United States as well.
• Only government interested in a maintenance program for UAVs is Australia
• The FAA stated that by the end of the year, 600,000 commercial drones will be flying.
• If this application to the Alberta government is approved for a designated occupation for the UAV industry, it will be a first in Canada.
• The UAV sales expected to grow from 2.5 million to 7 million in 2020 [report from the FAA], there will be a need for a certified maintenance technician to maintain these UAVs in a safe operating condition in part to eliminate the mechanical problems associated with UAV incidents. Of these sales, many of course will be commercial UAVs. Regardless there is 180% increase over a four-year period.
• Over 130 industries in Alberta have been identified as having a connection with this industry.
• A statement from Gina Bento, Commercial Specialist, Aerospace and Defense, U.S. Consulate Montreal stated: “Over 50% of Canada’s UVS (Unmanned Vehicle Systems) companies are located in Alberta (more than 130 companies, military agencies, and educational institutions working in all aspects of UVS).”
• Two UAV centers in Canada, Alberta is home of the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems located at Foremost, Alberta and the diverging range of technologies and industries already located in this province.
• To be approved this Fall, the Foremost operation, will be the first in North America to have Transport Canada authority to fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) UAVs for testing and research. A major milestone for Alberta and Canada.
• The Canadian Military has shown some interest in this maintenance program.
• Transport Canada has shown in interest in this initiative.
• Alberta Aviation Council is now on the CARAC workgroup.
2016-05-02 --- For Immediate Release Contact: Sean Greenwood +1 (403) 796-5102
CANADIAN UAVs AND MEASURE PARTNER TO DELIVER TRANS-NATIONAL DRONE SERVICES
Agreement advances both companies market offering by enabling services across Canada and USA
CALGARY, Alberta --- May 2, 2016--- Canadian UAVs, a leading supplier of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions for energy, mining and agricultural assets, today announces it has entered into an agreement with Measure, a turnkey drone solutions company which delivers cost-effective actionable data to enterprise customers in the United States.
“Measure has a great depth in expertise regarding the American market, as well unprecedented approvals from the FAA,” said Canadian UAVs President and CEO Sean Greenwood. “Teaming up together ensures our customers have clarity and piece of mind when it comes to trans-border operations."
“Measure can now truly offer cross-border drone services,” said Measure CEO Brandon Torres Declet. “As a result of this partnership with Canadian UAVs, we can deliver cost-effective, actionable data to businesses across all 50 states and 10 provinces.”
Central to the partnership is the ability to offer North America’s first true ‘real-time’ environmental site assessment response. By employing both helicopters and UAVs, the agreeing companies can now operate anywhere it can fly to in North America. Both companies pride themselves on conducting flights that are safe, legal, and insured using only licensed pilots.
About Canadian UAVs: CUAVs is a Calgary-based solutions provider of unmanned aerial vehicles focused on safety-first data acquisition. The company provides a range of innovative UAV solutions for a range of environments where the gathering and analysis of low cost imagery satisfies safety and regulatory requirements. The company uses advanced technology to map, survey, monitor and report on areas and assets to mitigate risk.
About Measure: Measure is one of the nation’s leading Drone as a Service® companies with Federal Aviation Administration approval to fly more than 1000 different types of drones for a broad range of commercial applications. We provide turnkey solutions to acquire, process, and deliver cost-effective, actionable aerial data to enterprise customers. We don’t make drones. We make drones work. Please visit www.measure.aero
October 7, 2015 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CANADIAN UAVS SIGNS SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH LEADING ALBERTAN HELICOPTER SERVICES AND TRAINING COMPANY
Partnership with MOUNTAIN VIEW HELICOPTERS strengthens service offerings, including UAV maintenance and training.
CALGARY, Alberta -- October 7, 2015 -- Canadian UAVs, a leading Canadian supplier of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions for energy and agricultural assets, today announces it has entered into a services agreement with Mountain View Helicopters, a helicopter transportation services firm that serves a diverse array of clients including those in the oil & gas, mineral exploration and utilities industries.
Under the terms of the agreement, Mountain View Helicopters will provide the facilities and crew for visual and instrument flight operations as well as flight training and helicopter repair and maintenance services.
“Mountain View is a key piece in our corporate development strategy,” said Sean Greenwood, President and CEO of Canadian UAVs. "New legislation makes the UAV/Helicopter combination a priority for many applications."
All operators of Canadian UAVs and Mountain View hold valid transport Canada commercial licenses.
The partnership provides Canadian UAVs with more than 100 years of combined aircraft operations experience.
"We have had a very successful relationship with Canadian UAVs and look forward to continuing our partnership," said Paul Bergeron, president of Mountain View.
Central to the partnership is the ability to offer Canada’s first true ‘real-time’ environmental site assessment response. By employing both helicopters and UAVs, the company is now operate anywhere it can fly to in Canada.
Canadian UAVs is a Calgary-based solutions provider of unmanned aerial vehicles focused on safety-first data acquisition. The company provides a range of innovative UAV solutions for a range of environments where the gathering and analysis of low cost imagery satisfies safety and regulatory requirements. The company uses advanced technology to map, survey, monitor and report on areas and assets to mitigate risk.
Contact: Sean Greenwood +1 (403) 796-5102
July 7, 2015 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RECENT TRADE MISSIONS ACCELERATE CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT
Strategic relationships and recent legislation
enable opportunities for growth
CALGARY, Alberta -- July 7, 2015 -- Canadian UAVs, a leading Canadian supplier of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions for energy and agricultural assets, announces the formation of new strategic relationships.
“Our strategy to align with major partners has been driven by recent legislation through Bill C-49. More than ever, managing risk is a primary concern now that the potential liability of an accident is unlimited. Our goal to collaborate with the best technology and aeronatical partners is on track. We continue to seek out partners that think as big as we do,” said Sean Greenwood, President and CEO of Canadian UAVs (“CUAVs”).
Following the 2015 Paris Air Show (June 15-21), the company has received expressions of interest from several potential partners, including strategic vendors and stakeholders. Information about certain strategic partnerships will remain undisclosed. The company’s sponsored program of trade shows and summits have been successful with gaining access to key decision makers and others connected to the international unmanned aerial vehicle industry.
The company recently attended several events including the 2015 Paris Air Show, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Conference, and the Alberta Unmanned Systems Summit at the 2015 Global Petroleum Show. This week the company is attending WestDef, Western Canada’s premier defence and security conference in Calgary.
Canadian UAVs is a Calgary-based solutions provider focused on safety-first data acquisition for unmanned aerial vehicle applications. CUAVs provides a range of custom and innovative UAV solutions for industrial environments where advanced imaging is necessary for surveying on an iterative or fixed point basis. Using advanced technology to monitor and acquire data about industrial assets, the company provides a viable advantage for clients and enterprises seeking to mitigate risk.
Contact: Sean Greenwood +1 (403) 796-5102.
JUNE 26, 2015 -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2015 Paris Airshow Provides New Relationships and Opportunities for Strategic Advantage
CALGARY, Alberta -- June 26, 2015 -- Canadian UAVs, a leading Canadian supplier of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions for energy and agricultural assets, is pleased to provide stakeholders with an operational update after its recent trade mission to Paris.
Following the successful completion of several meetings with UAV product vendors and related supply-chain solutions providers, Canadian UAVs (“CUAVs”) expects to announce one or more strategic agreements in the near future. The company is distinct from other Canadian UAV companies through its focus on safety and risk mitigation by using only licensed commercial pilots to operate aerial assets.
“The 2015 Paris Air Show exceeded our expectations. We met with all of the potential partners we identified in advance as being top tier. We also accomplished the important objective of establishing new relationships with several influential members of the international UAV community. We believe our goal of securing a strategic partnership with a leading UAV provider and deploying our assets across a base of commoditized acreage will occur faster than originally anticipated. The new alliances and connections we formed in Paris have validated the confidence we have in our strategy,” said Sean Greenwood, President and CEO of Canadian UAVs.
The primary focus of CUAVs is on applications related to the monitoring of pipeline and other infrastructure assets. Through its partnership with 4Front Robotics, Inc. CUAVs provides a range of custom and innovative UAV solutions for industrial environments where advanced imaging is necessary for surveying on an iterative or fixed point basis.
“Our ability to autoacquire a wealth of visual data covering certain energy or agricultural assets gives our clients valuable insight into potential sources of future risk while ensuring a low cost alternative to traditional surveillance and surveying,” said Sean Greenwood. “We believe our ‘safety first’ approach represents a responsible choice while increasing productivity and safety in mining, construction and infrastructure networks.”
Canadian UAVs is a Calgary-based solutions provider with a team of licensed commercial pilots. Using advanced technology to monitor and acquire data about industrial assets, the company provides a viable advantage for clients and enterprises seeking to mitigate risk. Contact: Sean Greenwood +1 (403) 796-5102