Raptor Maps releases guide to solar inspections by manned aircraft

Raptor Maps has released a manual for solar PV inspections with manned aircraft, a supplement to the training materials the company has previously published for drones.

The manual features step-by-step information for how to collect reliable PV system health data with airplanes and helicopters, useful to solar asset owners and managers, O&M, engineers, EPCs and financiers, as well as to pilots and other aviation professionals seeking new revenue sources in the fastest-growing energy sector.

“Solar asset owners and operators have a right to specify the quality of work that is done on their behalf,” says Nikhil Vadhavkar, Raptor Maps’ co-founder and CEO. “The industry is moving away from the ‘check the box’ mentality, and stakeholders are demanding unfiltered, original data to ensure compliance and avoid money being left on the table.  By making our drone and manned aircraft manuals available to the public, we reaffirm our commitment to transparency and enable anyone to be an aerial inspection expert.”

Among the insights are considerations for when to use manned aircraft, flight planning, equipment mounting and operation, specific cameras, lens configurations and aircraft makes and models that are used in the solar industry.

Download the Guide to PV Inspection via Manned Aircraft for free here.

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