In a recent Op-Ed, Queens city councilman, Paul Vallone and Carlo Scissura, CEO of the New York Building Congress argue in favor of using drones to facilitate the City’s mandated facade inspections. This would be a reversal of years of City prohibitions against flying drones within the five boroughs—and none too soon. We applaud this initiative and our FAA-certified pilots look forward to giving our squadron of four drones a good shakedown within the city limits.
Drones should be considered a powerful complement to traditional methods of facade examination such as physical inspection from scaffolding or lifts and another means of achieving the ideal goal of 100% FISP compliance. We think they’re best deployed to provide an overview of a facade so areas needing greater scrutiny and hands-on inspection can be identified.
Drones have several other potential benefits:
Properly piloted and paired with other tools and technology, drones are a means of streamlining an inspection program and a catalyst for a more proactive approach. We look forward to this airborne upgrade to our facade inspection tool kit.
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