Aerial Tools for Professional Biologists

Mar 8, 2017

Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are proving to be useful quantitative and qualitative tools for professional biologists. These lightweight and inexpensive tools are valuable communications devices which can travel to hard-to-reach locations that boats or helicopters might not. Some are also capable of LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and other surveys. As capabilities of UAVs increase, they offer the professional biologist new solutions to challenges, and at a fraction of the cost of a helicopter.

Golder has seven pilots approved for commercial flight operations in BC and another nine currently undergoing training. Of particular note is that any use of a drone is considered commercial use and requires permission from the landowner where take-off and landing occurs. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of all biologists interested in using UAVs to be aware of the legal and professional responsibilities, ensuring applicable laws are adhered to and appropriate permissions received to foster safe use and operation of UAVs.

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