CAA awards UK’s most complex flight permissions to Texo

Texo Drone Survey and Inspection has announced it has been awarded the UK’s most comprehensive set of congested area commercial flight permissions by the UK Civil AviationAuthority (CAA).

The Essex-based inspection company, and ARPAS-UK member, owns and operates a fleet of UAVs used to provide aerial surveys for industrial application.

Given the large fleet of drones used by the company, the Operating Safety Case (OSC) was formed around specific equipment and the technical complexity of flights in a variety of demanding operating environments.

This unique set of permissions from the CAA include the ability to operate within 5 meters of any person, vehicle, vessel or structure, over or within 10 meters of a structure that has a height for more than 400ft and within 50 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 people.

The OSC permissions also included an extended visual line of sight (EVLOS) to 1,500 metres.

John Wood, chief operating officer at Texo Group, said: “I am immensely proud to make this significant announcement. This marks a watershed in the evolution of our business. Being awarded these extensive and expanded permissions by the CAA really does vindicate our position as market leader in commercial drone operations in the UK.”

He added: “Texo are the first and only operator to have been awarded these new flight permissions and my team and I are delighted to have the full confidence and commitment from the CAA. We have some very exciting developments to announce in respect of our BVLOS operations and this is a great foundation to move forward on.”

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