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AeroTract Patrols Right of Way and Utility Line

AeroTract begins implementing the Matrice 210 RTK UAV with the FLIR thermal XT2 sensor and the super zoom Z30 to inspect detailed utility components and vegetation hazards. AeroTract can detect dead trees, vegetation hazards, assess mechanical components, and generate thermal readings to assess issues before they become visible to the eye and potentially cause serious problems.

How does this benefit Utility Companies?


  • Safety A drone can access areas that are hard to get to as well as keep workers on the ground. Workers can now avoid hazardous manned inspections and retrieve the same results with more accuracy and speed with a drone.

  • Efficiency Drones not only provide more accurate data, but can also cover large areas in only a fraction of the time that a manned crew or helicopter can, while saving thousands of dollars in the process. Helicopters can cost up to $1600 dollars per hour and fly dangerously close to lines, where drones cost around $250 dollars per hour without putting workers in harms way.

  • Data The FLIR thermal sensor can detect hotspots that cannot be seen by the visible eye, to catch issues long before they become serious with potentially devastating consequences. Here in Oregon, managing utility hazards and inspecting components is vital for not only the safety of employees, but the health of our land, timber, and communities.

AeroTract founder James Hilary inspecting distribution lines near Corvallis, Oregon.

The Future of Utility Inspection

AeroTract is continually researching new methods and programs to generate even more accurate and efficient results, to save utilities time and money while providing essential services to our communities.

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