UAV Drone Electric Utility Inspection


Electric utility and powerline inspection using UAV drones has become the obvious solution to the dangerous, expensive and time-consuming task of ensuring that the nation’s electrical infrastructure meets Government and industry standards. Depending on the client’s needs, the AAS electric utility, transmission line and power line inspection uses high-resolution digital cameras, ultraviolet and/or infrared sensors to detect and document such concerns as:

DSC_0006• Cracked, broken or missing cross arms
• Cracked, broken or missing insulators
• Poles or support structure deterioration or deformation
• Loose or missing hardware
• Broken or missing ground wires
• Broken or missing anchors, anchor rods or guys
• And other concerns, such as vegetation encroachment, bird nests or fire damage

All points of interest are videoed, photographed and precisely mapped with GPS coordinates. Individual structures or entire facilities and corridors can be 3D modeled.



Power line or electric transmission line right of way inspection for vegetation overgrowth and other types of encroachment is accomplished via an over-flight using high-resolution digital cameras and/or LiDAR for digital orthophotography for production of a 3D model of the right of way corridor.


The typical aerial power line or electric transmission line inspection involves a relatively fast and high (and expensive and dangerous) over-flight with either an airplane or a helicopter. That’s how it’s been done for decades, and the resultant inspection can be fairly accurate and fairly thorough. But, with the inherent risks and the potential liability in the event of failure of the line, is a “fairly” good inspection good enough – especially when there is a better method? Using a small, light aircraft designed for low-flying (10 – 400 ft. above ground level!), and slow-moving (0 – 50 mph!) specifically configured for precise, in depth inspection of electric utility facilities, power lines, electric transmission lines and right of way corridors, AAS can provide your company with the security of knowing that your interests have been thoroughly, completely and accurately inspected.

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – singularly referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or, in military applications, drones – are inherently safer, faster, more versatile, less costly, more environmentally friendly and just plain smarter when compared to the typically utilized fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter-based aerial survey, inspection, photography and video platform. To provide our clients with the high-quality information they need and demand, AAS uses the most technologically advanced unmanned aircraft systems available today.

Unmanned aerial vehicle flights in the United States must be in compliance with FAA standards. Contact AAS to see how your project fits within this process. When you do, ask about receiving a FREE on-site demonstration of how you can more economically than ever obtain the information you need Safer, Faster, Smarter!