FAA Grants Indigo Beam Emergency Certificate of Authorization to Conduct Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations for Hurricane Harvey Damage Assessment / Disaster Recovery

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Indigo Beam is working with disaster response teams along with state and local law enforcement officials to provide small unmanned aircraft system operations in Temporary Flight Restriction Area (FDC 7/3416) covering the affected areas in the vicinity of Houston, Texas.

Flight Operations Director for Indigo Beam, Troy Turcott, announced that Indigo Beam is conducting Hurricane Harvey damage assessment and disaster recovery assistance for the heavily impacted Missouri City, Texas subdivisions in Fort Bend County's Riverstone development near the Brazos River. Over 1000 homes on the "safe-side" of the levee within Levee Improvement District #19 were inundated as a result of lift station pumps being overwhelmed by the volume of water from Hurricane Harvey. Indigo Beam is providing UAS videography and 3D mapping services for Maverick Pump Services out of Littleton, Colorado on behalf of Levee Management Services of Sugarland, Texas. Teles Fonseca of Maverick Pump Services said that the lift station’s pumping capacity of 88,000 gallons per minute in LID#19 was increased by approximately 160,000 gallons per minute by eight (8) additional emergency pumps in an attempt to keep the water from rising further by matching the inflow rate from Bullhead Slough and Steep Bank Creek. Water began receding from the numerous subdivisions on September 3, 2017 and supplemental pumping efforts continue. Teles Fonseca of Maverick Pump Services said, “Indigo Beam provided a valued service, critical to fully documenting the disaster recovery efforts going on here at LID#19.” Indigo Beam is among a small, elite group of UAS operators from across the nation permitted to fly unmanned aircraft systems within the highly restricted airspace surrounding the Houston area.


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