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Re: tower inspection
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Subject: Re: tower inspection
From: Kevin Kidd <kkbroadcastengineering@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2018 10:15:16 -0500
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Both.  I find still pictures easier to manipulate and zoom around/in/out.  But the video is useful as well.

Pause below and above each leg flange so that the bolts can be verified.  I have my Phantom 3pro setup to allow tilting the camera slightly above horizontal. Default is to not do so.

If you can get over the top of the tower, carefully line up over all 3 legs to check the legs for bows, kinks, etc.

Although (or possibly because) I climbed towers professionally for years and have flown my drone around and over a number of towers.  It never fails to cause a moment of anxiety when the video pops up over the top of the tower.

Now if I can just get a decent IR camera hung under my Phantom.


Kevin C. Kidd, CSRE/AMD
Lawrenceburg, TN
AM Ground Systems Company  -  WD4RAT
kkidd@kkbc.com  --  866-22-RADIO -- 866-227-2346

On Sat, Apr 21, 2018 at 9:30 AM, James Claassen <james@kjil.com> wrote:
I've recently gotten my commercial drone license and am looking at doing some tower inspections.  I would appreciation your input if possible.  What are you looking for in a tower inspection?  How do you feel a drone could be used in this application? 

I took a video of a tower at the facility I currently work at.  It is here:  https://youtu.be/qrE9nPIQrjs.  How could the video be more helpful?  Would you prefer still pictures or a combination of both?

Thanks for your input.  It's greatly appreciated. 
James Claassen
KJIL Assistant Engineer
909 W. Carthage, PO Box 991
Meade, KS 67864
785 694 1677

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