Flylogix, a full-service over horizon unmanned aircraft company, has announced its selection to participate in the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Innovation Sandbox.
The CAA Innovation Sandbox, launched in May 2019, offers innovative companies the chance to collaborate over emerging concepts, helping keep the UK's aviation sector the forefront of technology.
The project will enable safe operation of unmanned aircraft in open airspace alongside other air users providing services for the offshore energy industry. The project will build on an existing North Sea focussed programme with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre, energy provider and producer Total and National Air Traffic Services (NATS).
The project will allow Flylogix to mobilise at short notice from four strategically located operating hubs and reach any UK offshore asset within hours, providing a range of services including environmental monitoring, surveillance and delivery. Collaboration with the CAA is key to scaling the benefits of unmanned aviation, opening up huge opportunity across the offshore energy sector.
Charles Tavner, Executive Chairman at Flylogix, said:
“We are delighted to be working with the CAA to reduce the cost, risk and environmental impact of providing unmanned aviation services to the offshore energy sector. We are determined to use our hard-fought operational experience to trailblaze growth in this new category of full-service over horizon aviation services.”
Frédéric Laugère, Innovation Services Lead at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said:
“Using unmanned aircraft to assist the offshore energy industry is a perfect use for the technology and one that we are keen to see develop. We are delighted to welcome Flylogix to our innovation sandbox to enable us to work together on this area which has the potential to deliver key benefits to a vital part of the UK’s energy infrastructure.”