FAA Issues Section 333 Exemption to ULC Robotics, Inc. for Commercial Drone Operations

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ULC Robotics, Inc. Fulfills FAA Compliance Standards to Perform Inspections and Surveys for the Energy and Utility Industries with Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems

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“Receiving the FAA Section 333 Exemption is an exciting time for our company and another development in ULC’s mission to deploy cutting-edge innovative processes that benefit our clients and their customers,” said Gregory Penza, CEO of ULC Robotics

ULC Robotics, Inc. (ULC), a leading robotics, energy services, and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, is proud to announce it has been granted a Section 333 Exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The exemption provides ULC with a general Certificate of Authorization to operate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) under 400 feet throughout the United States.

“Receiving the FAA Section 333 Exemption is an exciting development for our company and another cutting-edge innovative process we can deploy to benefit our clients and their customers,” said Gregory Penza, president and CEO of ULC Robotics. “ULC’s unmanned aerial inspection program is backed by our research and development and field operations teams, as well as a team of expert UAS consultants who will integrate professional-grade UAS with carefully selected sensors to ensure the highest quality inspections.”

ULC will utilize UAS to aid in the unmanned aerial inspection and surveys of difficult-to-access structures, monitor for gas leaks in distribution or transmission pipelines, inspect buildings and act as an emergency response assessment tool.

“Unmanned aerial systems offer a myriad of uses that utility industries and energy businesses can fully benefit from,” said Aubrey Anderson, head of the UAS program for ULC Robotics. “Using unmanned aerial inspections to monitor gas pipelines or electrical lines allows utilities to gather critical data from hard-to-access infrastructure, while reducing costs and keeping workers safe by eliminating the need to climb heights or navigate through hazardous terrain.”

Since September 2014, the FAA has issued more than 4,000 Section 333 Exemptions to businesses across the US. ULC Robotics is excited to be at the forefront of safely executing UAS operations and to bring innovative technology to the utility industry.

ULC plans to begin working with gas and electric utility customers and start demonstrations in June. In addition to electric and utility inspections, ULC's UAS team has expressed their ability to expand operations to other industries including construction, agriculture and commercial real estate.

For more information on ULC Robotics, Inc. and the company’s Unmanned Aerial Utility Inspection Services, please visit http://www.ulcrobotics.com or call 631-667-9200.

About ULC Robotics, Inc.
ULC Robotics, Inc. is a leader in developing and deploying innovative technology and processes that help pipeline operators and energy companies repair, inspect and assess their infrastructure. The deployment of ULC Robotics’ range of products and services helps to eliminate costly and disruptive excavation while eliminating gas leaks, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving efficiency.

Both ULC Robotics and their clients have shared accolades for developing some of the most innovative products in the energy industry. Recognition includes a 2016 and 2014 Top 50 Global Robotics Companies by Robotics Business Review, Robotics Business Review 2015 Game Changer Award in Construction, Mining and Energy, and 2014 Energy Innovation Award for enabling gas utilities to deliver a safe and reliable supply of energy to customers. For more information on ULC Robotics, Inc. and its products and services please visit http://www.ulcrobotics.com

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