August 2015, Vol. 242, No. 8

Features

Buzz on Drones: Theyre Coming to the Energy Sector

Few trends have been bigger or more exciting to watch in the last decade than the rise of drones. From serious applications like warfare to more quirky ones like pizza delivery, the world is still clearly just starting to figure out how drones can profitably be used. That background makes the recent chatter about the opportunity for drone use in commercial oil and gas applications an extremely interesting trend to watch. There appears to be traction for drone use in the energy sector both in the United States and abroad. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the regulatory agency governing U.S. airspace, appears willing to allow drones to be used in the energy sector, likely in part b

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