Texo DSI Receives Expanded CAA Flight Permissions in UK Industry-First

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Texo DSI Receives Expanded CAA Flight Permissions in UK Industry-First

This month, Texo Drone Survey and Inspection Ltd (Texo DSI) announced the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) approval of their Operational Safety Case Vol 3 (OSC) – awarding them the most comprehensive set of congested area commercial flight permissions ever granted in the UK.

As owners and operators of one of the most extensive commercial Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) fleets in the world, Texo DSI lead the way for industrial and commercial inspections, and geotechnical applications. They incorporate a dynamic range of multi-rotor and fixed wing UAS to provide unparalleled aerial services in the UK.

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Conducting specialist operations in challenging environments lead the innovative company to seek and gain approval for a unique set of operational flight permissions from the CAA. These include the ability to operate:

  • Within 5 meters of any person, vehicle, vessel or structure;
  • Over or within 10 meters of a structure that has a height for more than 400ft;
  • Within 50 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 people;
  • With extended Visual Line of Sight (EVLOS) to 1,500 metres.

John Wood, Chief Operating Officer at Texo Group commented: “I am immensely proud to make this significant announcement. This marks a watershed in the evolution of our business. Being awarded these extensive and expanded permissions by the CAA really does vindicate our position as market leader in commercial drone operations in the UK.”

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In addition to Texo DSI’s substantial drone fleet, they also deploy long-range (BVLOS) Unmanned Helicopter Systems (UHS) to carry out detailed inspection of ocean-based assets from the shore. These new CAA flight permissions provide a positive step forward towards maximising their HEF 32 UHS operational capabilities.

John Wood further explained, “Texo are the first and only operator to have been awarded these new flight permissions and my team and I are delighted to have the full confidence and commitment from the CAA. We have some very exciting developments to announce in respect of our Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations and this is a great foundation to move forward on.”

For the team at Uplift, it’s inspiring to see this pioneering commercial UAS operator become the first organisation to achieve this level of operational authorisation in the UK. We look forward to observing where these new flight permissions take Texo DSI’s UAS operations in the near future.


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