Unmanned aircraft building inspection at Heathrow


Well done to the team at Sky-Futures they recently completed a facade inspection of a building at London Heathrow (LHR) airport for a major, global engineering firm. The inspection site was less than 300 metres from the active runway. This is a world first for a small UAV operating within the confines of an international airport Air Traffic Zone (ATZ). To get this inspection project off the ground required significant co-operation with the airport authorities. The Sky-Futures operations team had to liaise with both National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and LHR Air Traffic Control (ATC) to get the appropriate clearances and permissions.

It is a reflection of Sky-Futures’ high standards of safety, professionalism and detailed planning that this inspection was allowed to take place in one of the busiest airports in the world.

If you are sat in America you must be wondering why you can’t do the same.