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Oil refinery uses

Discussion in 'Public Safety' started by Medicmoore, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. Medicmoore

    Sep 17, 2016
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    I'm a firefighter/medic in an oil refinery that has been tasked with looking into implementation of a drone to use for various safety and inspection jobs. I have zero experience with drones, so I'm looking for help in ways to train, implement, and use a drone in our setting. TYA
  2. Jayfdee

    Apr 22, 2015
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    I used to work in a refinery in the UK, I doubt the owners of this refinery would have allowed a Quadcopter to fly over. All equipment had to be specially designed to be intrinsically safe, the Phantom most certainly is not.
    We were not allowed mobile phones,only purely mechanical cameras, or specially designed ones were allowed, but I presume a risk assessment before flight would be OK.

    You may need to obtain a permit/license, it could be construed you are flying commercially.
    However you have come to the right place to gain knowledge,if your employer is paying for the Quad, then the inspire would be a good choice.
    Wish I could be employed to fly a Quad.
  3. Karma

    Jun 30, 2016
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    I am also a firefighter working in the oil and gas industry so I might be able to help a little with your query. First, anyone planning on flying will need to comply with part 107. This includes obtaining the PIC license and either adhering to or obtaining waivers for visual line of sight, daytime flights, and also not flying over people directly involved in the flight operations. Additionally, I assume your facility is governed by PSM so proper steps will have to be taken to ensure that you are in compliance. I recommend that you contact the different departments dealing with regulations in your company to obtain a greater understanding of the hurdles you will face.
  4. Richard R

    Jan 27, 2016
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    Refineries are part of the critical infrastructure that we are not permitted to overfly. So a waiver would be required from the FAA.
  5. datincan

    Sep 28, 2015
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    The inspire would be absolutely one of the last on a list to consider, or not consider at all, it has zero redundancy.
    Read the Inspire forums and see if an inspire would instil confidence in you or not, flying this often crashing 3kg brick around process pipelines.

    If you are flying around critical structures you want as much redundancy in as possible.
    There are good few systems around which have good redundancy, this is one for example.
    AscTec Neo /// Most advanced, fully redundant research UAV
    If you are in the UK or Ireland send me a PM, I fly and have worked in inspection, offshore and in refineries and tank farms and can try to to better help you out.