PG&E Receives BVLOS Waiver for the State of California

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PG&E Receives California BVLOS Waiver

by DRONELIFE author Ian M. Crosby

UAS public safety and critical infrastructure advisory group, Skyfire Consulting, announced that it has successfully assisted Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) in acquiring a Part 107 BVLOS exemption for the entire state of California Has.

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PG&E will use the BVLOS waiver to fly large portions of its critical infrastructure in high fire risk counties throughout California. With the addition of its work with PG&E, Skyfire currently contributes to all phases of environmental response including prevention, wildland fire suppression, and environmental restoration and reforestation with DroneSeed.

“Skyfire’s work in the California wildfire community is incredibly important to us and the residents who live in these high threat areas, so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to help PG&E with wildfire prevention,” said Matt Sloane , CEO of Skyfire. “By drawing on our years of experience in public safety and working with first responders, we have built a comprehensive portfolio to support organizations focused on critical infrastructure.”

PG&E is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States, serving approximately 16 million customers. The company provides 70,000 square miles of critical utilities to Californians. With the increased use of UAS, both the effectiveness and ability of PG&E to respond to incidents will benefit from significant improvements. Skyfire’s expertise and adaptability in meeting the needs of PG&E has made them an indispensable partner. PG&E continues to use the latest technology to keep their infrastructure online and communities secure.

Going forward, Skyfire will continue to work with PG&E on additional extended FAA waivers and assist in the development of their UAS response program.

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Ian attended Dominican University of California where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling, and a keen interest in technology, he now contributes to DroneLife as a staff writer.