Sky-Futures CEO Joins the Mayor of London Trade Mission to Madrid

Sky-Futures CEO Joins the Mayor of London Trade Mission to Madrid

Sky-Futures, the world’s leading provider of drone-based software, training and services to global industrial markets, has been selected as one of 24 companies to join the Mayor of London’s Trade Mission to Madrid as part of International Business Programme’s latest mission; the Market Visit to Europe.

Over its last 70 operations, Sky-Futures has successfully saved over 10 years* of people working at height in industrial inspection through the smart use of drone-based technology. James Harrison, CEO of Sky-Futures, will join the mission on Madrid leg, which is focused on Smart Infrastructure, IoT Companies and Smart Cities.

Sky-Futures is trusted by the largest companies in the world; we enable them to utilize drones to manage their physical assets and process inspection data through our analytics and cloud-based software. We are excited to have been selected for the Mayor of London’s Market Visit to Madrid as a high-growth B2B company.

James Harrison

CEO & Co-founder, Sky-Futures

Sky-Futures was one of 24 companies selected to join London Mayor Sadiq Khan on a trade mission to the United States in September 2016. The initiative was designed to help high-growth B2B tech companies identify partnerships and to explore business opportunities in the US and this latest mission in Europe represents another step in achieving the same overall goal in Europe.

I am delighted that Sky-Futures is joining me in Madrid as we showcase some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses London has to offer. The Mayor and I look forward to working with Sky-Futures, to build new relationships, attract investment and show the entire continent that London is Open and the best city in the world to do business with.

Rajesh Agrawal

Deputy Mayor for Business, Mayor of London

Notes to Editors

*This figure has been calculated based on drone inspections being 4 times more efficient than rope access and using 2-person drone inspection teams rather than 4-person rope access teams.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is this week visiting Paris and Brussels to make the case that, despite Brexit, London remains open to business, investment, talent and ideas. Sadiq is visiting these key European capitals in a bid to strengthen economic, business and cultural ties between London and its European neighbours. At the same time, representatives of companies on the Mayor’s International Business Programme – which helps London based companies with growth and export opportunities – are accompanying the Mayor in Paris, while others are with Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, in Berlin and Madrid.

Success interoperability flight test between manned & unmanned aircraft

Success interoperability flight test between manned & unmanned aircraft

Sky-Futures, a leader in drone-based technology, and Bristow Group successfully conducted their first interoperability test between a helicopter and an unmanned aircraft at Galliano, Louisiana, achieving a major milestone in the companies’ joint efforts to implement a complementary service to clients in the Americas Region. The collaborative effort, which was the result of comprehensive planning and safety analysis, was a critical first step in the evolution of a process proving that Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and manned helicopters can operate safely in the same airspace.

These interoperability trials provided valuable insight and learning for safe operations between manned and unmanned aircraft using electronic conspicuity technology. As specific categories of commercial unmanned operations develop, we expect this technology to become a pre-requisite. Future airspace must be interoperable and Sky-Futures will continue to work with its trusted partner, Bristow, and regulators globally to safely realize this future.

Nick Rogers

Co-founder & Chief Regulatory and Training Officer (CTRO), Sky-Futures

For the 20-minute exercise, the Bristow Sikorsky S-92 hovered 500 feet above ground, while the UAS flew towards the helicopter, maintaining a horizontal distance of 200 feet away from the aircraft. The Sky-Futures unmanned aircraft was stepped up in 100-foot increments to an altitude of 400 feet above ground level (AGL). The S-92 pilots were able to monitor the position and altitude of the UAS on their iPad during the entire flight, without actual visual contact of the device.

The successful execution of this interoperability test is an excellent step forward to demonstrate that helicopters and UAVs can operate safely as a complementary service, providing additional opportunities for Bristow and Sky-Futures to jointly offer a higher level of situational awareness for our aircrews, and safe, new and innovative services to commercial and government clients.

Jonathan Baliff

President & CEO, Bristow Group

As UAS activity increases below 500 feet, effective communication between manned and unmanned aircraft will become essential to safe operation. Sky-Futures USA now equips their UAS with ADS-B when operating offshore.

Notes to Editors

Sky-Futures operated an AscTec F8 UAS with a Ping-2020 ADS-B system mounted to its frame. The Ping-2020 is FAA approved and developed by uAvionix, a California based company that specialises in developing the smallest and lightest transponder systems available. Bristow operated the Sikorsky S-92 and received the ADS-B signal using ForeFlight’s Stratus 2S. The Stratus receives the Ping-2020’s data and displays the UAS position and altitude on an iPad carried by the pilots.

About Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. is the leading provider of global industrial aviation services offering helicopter transportation, search and rescue (SAR) and aircraft support services, including maintenance and training, to government and civil organisations worldwide. Bristow and its affiliates have operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the North Sea, Nigeria, U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Russia and Trinidad, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world. Bristow provides SAR services to the private sector worldwide, and to the public sector for all of the UK on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. For more information, visit Bristow Group website

Launch of drone mission planning & fleet management software Flightdeck

Launch of drone mission planning & fleet management software Flightdeck

Sky-Futures have launched Flightdeck, the latest addition to the Expanse® software suite for professional drone missions. Flightdeck offers drone operators an integrated cloud-based solution to safely plan and execute commercial drone operations as well as manage pilots, drone equipment and mission information in one place. Compliance and audit tasks for drone operations can now be done quickly, easily and securely in the cloud.

This latest addition to the Expanse® suite has been developed out of Sky-Futures’ experience as the world-leading drone-based industrial inspection service. Sky-Futures is now sharing this expertise with customers; enabling them to deliver safe and professional drone operations. The Sky-Futures operational toolkit is integrated into this easy-to-use application to ensure effective compliance and risk management.

The Expanse® Flightdeck platform is the next tool supporting our clients with an end-to-end solution for their professional drone operations. Flightdeck delivers drone mission planning, complemented with the AirMap airspace management platform.

Chris Blackford

COO & Co-founder, Sky-Futures

Flightdeck is compatible with all drone types and provides situational awareness about airspace rules, requirements, and temporary restrictions powered by AirMap, the world’s leading airspace management platform. Users of DJI drones can also download flight telemetry and visualise it in 3D in the Flight Playback function.

We’re excited to welcome Sky-Futures to AirMap’s community of drone manufacturers, developers, and innovators. With Flightdeck, drone pilots can benefit from both Sky-Futures’ expertise in managing commercial drone operations and AirMap’s tools for situational awareness. The result: more informed operators and safer, more efficient flights.

Ben Marcus

CEO, Airmap

Flightdeck offers enterprise a global overview of their missions, personnel and equipment for consistent and effective management of operations and risk.

Sky-Futures awarded 3-year global contract to inspect Eni facilities

Sky-Futures awarded 3-year global contract to inspect Eni facilities

Sky-Futures, a global leader in innovation with drone-based technology, has been awarded a 3-year contract to inspect Eni facilities globally.

Eni, one of the largest operators worldwide in the Energy Sector, operates in 66 countries. This global contract is the first of its kind between a drone-based technology business and an international oil and gas company and represents a significant shift in the oil and gas market.

By partnering with Eni we can further enhance the benefits on offer by analyzing and forecasting operational issues before they happen.

James Harrison

CEO & Co-founder, Sky-Futures

Sky-Futures offers leading-edge drone data capture, inspection analysis and visualisation technology enabling clients to operate more safely, efficiently and cost-effectively. By analysing data and delivering standardised and quality-assured reports in Sky-Futures’ Expanse software, it is possible for stakeholders to access the latest information on their assets immediately, securely and from anywhere in the world through the cloud.

Sky-Futures, leader mondiale dell’innovazione tecnologica basata sull’utilizzo di droni, si è aggiudicata un contratto di 3 anni per ispezionare impianti Eni a livello globale.

Eni, uno dei più grandi leader mondiale nel settore dell’energia, opera in 66 paesi. Il presente contratto globale è il primo nel suo genere tra un’azienda fondata sull’utilizzo di droni e una società internazionale di servizi petroliferi e rappresenta un cambiamento significativo nel mercato del petrolio e del gas.

Grazie alla collaborazione con Eni possiamo migliorare ulteriormente i vantaggi offerti attraverso l’analisi e la previsione di problemi operativi prima che accadano.

James Harrison

CEO & Co-fondatore, Sky-Futures

Sky-Futures offre soluzione all’avanguardia per quanto riguarda l’acquisizione di dati con sistemi APR, la loro analisi e la loro visualizzazione, consentendo ai clienti di operare in modo più sicuro, efficiente e più economico.. Analizzando e fornendo queste informazioni tramite il suo software Expanse, Sky-Futures permette di migliorare ulteriormente l’efficienza e di ottenere altri risparmi. Con report standardizzati e di qualità garantita accessibili da qualsiasi luogo e in modo sicuro nel cloud, il personale può accedere immediatamente alle ultime informazioni relative alle loro strutture.

Sky-Futures Drone Inspection Technology Featured on NBC Today News

Sky-Futures Drone Inspection Technology Featured on NBC Today News

NBC’s Keir Simmons recently visited our Sky-Futures Training Academy and delivered this very cool report on the innovative ways in which drones are being used to save lives.

Drones may be useful for a lot more than just delivering packages: Their manoeuvrability enables them to enter buildings and tight spaces where people cannot go, giving them huge potential for firefighters and rescue teams. NBC’s Keir Simmons shares a first look at the new technology.

Watch the full story on how drone technology is being used to save lives

Sky-Futures Launch New Part 107 Training Online Course for US FAA’s exam

Sky-Futures Launch New Part 107 Training Online Course for US FAA’s exam

Sky-Futures is rolling out an online drone training tutorial course. The new course will enable persons and organisations in the US to pass the FAA’s Part 107 exam.

For the past two years, Sky-Futures has established a reputation for high-quality training; Sky-Futures Training Academy (SFTA) alumni include Emergency Service and Enterprise clients from around the world. Safe use of drone technology is at the forefront of all Sky-Futures training situated among its state of the art facilities to provide fit-for-purpose training. Most recently, Sky-Futures has established SFTA USA at Disaster City at College Station in Texas.

All UAS pilots that wish to operate in a commercial capacity must take this Part 107 exam. The exam has the potential to be challenging for those with little or no aviation experience. Thus, this Sky-Futures course distinguishes itself from other online Part 107 tutorials by focusing on material most likely to be tested. The topics that make up the bulk of the FAA test are covered extensively and effectively reviewed by quizzes generated at random from a 250-question test bank.

This course was designed to enable an efficient learning process and a successful outcome. Our critical understanding of safe commercial operations has enabled us to prioritise applied theory in the online content to capture baseline Part 107 competencies.

Jay Forte

VP Operations, Sky-Futures

With the launch of the Part 107 Online Tutorial Course, Sky-Futures is bringing to market a product that will ensure the best possible start for a business to enact its drone strategy. Sky-Futures aims to provide fit-for-purpose Part 107 preparation to enable operators across the USA to leverage drone technology confidently and safely, in accordance with FAA regulations.

UK Basic Drone Certification Launched by Sky-Futures Training Academy

UK Basic Drone Certification Launched by Sky-Futures Training Academy

Sky-Futures is rolling out a Basic Drone Certification Course. The new course will enable persons and organisations in the UK to reach the basic standard required to operate drones under a CAA Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO).

For the past two years, Sky-Futures has established a reputation for safe, high quality and fit-for-purpose drone training, having trained Emergency Service and Enterprise clients in the safe use of drone technology at its state of the art facilities in the UK.

In the UK, Sky-Futures holds full Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) National Qualified Entity (NQE) status. Under these privileges, Sky-Futures will provide an all-new online ground school syllabus followed up with a drone flight skills assessment at the Sky-Futures Training Academy (SFTA) and full access to Sky-Futures Operations Manual Templates.

This applied certification course has been borne out of Sky-Futures established training business and in response to client demand; it will enable persons or organisations wishing to fly drones to lay the best possible foundations for the safe use of this technology. Coupled with the facilities on offer at the SFTA, the new course provides class-leading certification to the fast-growing commercial drone industry.

Sky-Futures has an established drone training business in the UK delivering best in class training. Given the now embedded nature of drone regulations in the UK, our new Basic Drone Certification Course is a natural addition to the Sky-Futures Training Academy product range.

Nick Rogers

Co-Founder & Chief Regulatory and Training Officer (CRTO), Sky-Futures

With the launch of the Basic Drone Certification, Sky-Futures is bringing to market a product that will ensure the best possible start for a business to enact its drone strategy. Upon certification, this will enable operators across the UK to leverage drone technology confidently and safely, in accordance with CAA regulations.

Sky-Futures contribute to operation management drone guidelines for Oil & Gas industry

Sky-Futures contribute to operation management drone guidelines for Oil & Gas industry

Oil & Gas UK have launched their seminal drone guidelines to industry, ‘Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations Management Standards and Guidelines’, in partnership with an expert panel, including Sky-Futures.

Nick Rogers, Co-founder and Chief Regulatory and Training Officer (CRTO) at Sky-Futures was part of a small panel of experts selected from Oil & Gas UK members tasked with drawing up these landmark drone guidelines for the Oil & Gas industry. The group was made up of representatives from three major oil and gas companies (BP, ConocoPhillips and Shell) and two drone service providers. Sky-Futures used its substantial experience in the field of drone operations delivery on oil and gas installations around the world since its founding in 2009 to make a significant contribution to these guidelines.

Wider adoption of new technology in the industry is critical for future business and commercial success. Most importantly, this is reliant upon a safe integration of technology. Oil & Gas UK is a highly effective and proactive industry body with unique aviation heritage, therefore, it was a natural step to work together to draw up these guidelines. It is an exciting development since it is the first publication that has been written by industry for industry. I expect these guidelines to provide the ‘blueprint’ for use of drones for in the global Oil & Gas Industry.

Nick Rogers

CEO & Chief Regulatory and Training Officer (CRTO), Sky-Futures

The launch of these landmark guidelines by Oil & Gas UK marks a significant step forward in the investment in the safe integration of new technology, particularly drones, in the industry. Sky-Futures critical involvement in the establishment of guidelines reinforces Sky-Futures commitment to safety and the reduction of risk, and its position as an industry leader.

The technology is particularly attractive for its use in improving safety. For example, sending unmanned aircraft instead of people into confined spaces to conduct inspections reduces risk, and is also effective and efficient. We expect their usage to grow. The intention is to encourage offshore operators planning on using this emerging technology to think about the whole operating and safety system offshore and not just the air vehicle. The guidelines have evolved from lessons learned in recent years and provide information about best practice, procedures and the certification needed to be compliant with UAS regulations.

Mick Borwell

Health, Safety and Environment Director, Oil & Gas UK

[Infographic] A snapshot of Sky-Futures in 2016

[Infographic] A snapshot of Sky-Futures in 2016

In 2016, we have:

– Revolutionary industrial drone inspection analysis software Expanse
– New website
– New Sky-Futures video
– Confined space inspection service

Featured in: 30+ news items including the New York Times – Energy Giants Turn to Drones and Sensors in New Embrace of the Digital World

Won various Awards and Certifications:
– ABS Certification
SGS Certification – highest level of HIGHEST Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Safety & Compliance Verification
IIMS Innovation Awards
Bloomberg Innovator 2016

Trained: 9 different units across 3 emergency services

Invited to present:
– on the Mayor of London US Trade Mission
– 50+ client webinars

Ran operations in:
– 4 continents over 4 weeks
– 26 countries

Sky-Futures gained ABS certification: world’s first drone specialist for vessel inspections

Sky-Futures gained ABS certification: world’s first drone specialist for vessel inspections

Sky-Futures USA Inc. has been certified as the world’s first approved drone specialist for internal vessel inspections by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). ABS surveyors have now certified drone data as an additional, valuable inspection tool to make critical decisions affecting classification and statutory surveys.

Sky-Futures was awarded the ‘External Specialist Rating’ by ABS following a series of in-depth assessments, including an in-office audit of all safety and inspection procedures and a two-day survey demonstration on a bulk carrier. Inspections were conducted in the cargo hold and in the intricate geometry of the Fore Peak Tank and Lower Stool Space of a Bulk Carrier.

We’re very proud to have been awarded this rating by ABS and to have become the first approved drone specialist for vessel inspection. We have particularly appreciated the recognition of our outstanding operational safety and procedures by ABS, an organisation which is globally acknowledged for setting standards for safety and excellence in classification in the Marine and Offshore industries. Jay Forte

VP Operations, Sky-Futures

This successful demonstration and certification by ABS reinforce the effectiveness of Sky-Futures drone-based Confined Space Inspection service. Sky-Futures now offers the Marine and Offshore industries an accredited service and the capacity to fully exploit the use of drones and drone-based data analysis to improve safety and reduce risk on client facilities. Sky-Futures supplies all reports through their proprietary software, Expanse, which revolutionises the way drone-based data for industrial inspections is analysed, viewed and managed.

About ABS Certification

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is a world-leading classification organisation, with a mission to promote the security of life, property and the natural environment, primarily through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities. ABS provides a range of technical advisory, certification and risk management services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others.

For more information visit the ABS website