Why is the Railroad Commission of Texas using drones?
Drones provide three benefits to the agency’s field inspectors responding to emergencies. First, drones enable Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) inspectors to access areas that are hard to reach in person. These include remote sites, areas with difficult terrain, and bodies of water. Second, drones allow RRC inspectors to conduct needed inspections of spills, leaks, and emergency situations from a safe distance. Lastly, drones enable quicker agency response to spills, leaks, and other emergency situations.
How many drones does the Railroad Commission of Texas have?
The agency has eight drones.
What type of drones and drone software are being used?
Who is flying the drones?
All RRC drone program pilots are RRC employees. As of May 2020, 19 RRC employees are certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as drone pilots.