TEXO DSI BlOG
February 7, 2018
TEXO DSI UKCS Complete Q1 2018 Offshore Pilot Training
Texo Drone Survey and Inspection (UKCS) Ltd has completed the first round of advanced Pilot training for its Q1 2018 pilots.
The Pilot entrants have undertaken 2 months of extensive theoretical and practical training scenarios on its offshore training facility based at Port of Tyne, North East England.
The modular training installation allows operational personnel to train on a complex and relevant offshore asset, in challenging coastal meteorological conditions, prior to being Texo ‘badged’ as an advanced L4 Offshore Pilot. This unique facility ensures pilot skill is tested fully to ensure all aspects of their role is evaluated and understood before qualifying.
Once L4 qualified, Texo DSI pilots are approved and passed as competent to undertake advanced UAV missions in both onshore and offshore, hostile environments.
Texo DSI UKCS L4 pilots are passed as able to operate a range of world-leading UAV systems within the extensive TEXO UAV fleet, including:
·AscTec Falcon 8 and Intel Falcon 8+
·T28 and Vulcan LiDAR platforms
·UAV integrated OGI
·UAV integrated sky crane
·UAV heavy lift
·UAV integrated Optical Gas Imaging
David Williams – Principal Operations Office says: “We operate a large number of aerial platforms, including many unique and bespoke UAV systems. Those integrated with our LiDAR technologies, for example, require very specific and intensive flight training to facilitate maximised data coverage and allow our LiDAR technicians to process the data efficiently and accurately. Only with such intensive flight training can we ensure we deliver precise, repeatable and accurate data sets to our clients who demand the highest levels of precision and safety at all times.”
James Arnott - Principal Systems Officer says: “Owning and operating the most diverse and technologically enabled UAV fleet in the world certainly brings its own unique challenges when it comes to training our pilots and technicians. Each operator is individually chosen to fly platforms suited to their aptitude and capabilities and then intensively trained by experienced instructors to deliver the high standards expected from all Texo personnel in the offshore sector where safety is paramount.”
The next stage in our L4 pilots career within Texo is to apply for selection for L5 training. An L5 pilot trains on the company’s long range UHS – Unmanned Helicopter systems.