BP began experimenting with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in 2006 believing we could ‘just purchase one’ and fly it. The FAA had another view! Since then we have gained a great deal of knowledge about UAS: capabilities, appropriate applications for oil and gas (O&G), safe operating procedures and how to get UAS licensed and in the air. In the fall of 2013 BP, collaborated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and AeroVironment (AV), culminating in June 2014, with the first permission to fly a drone commercially over land in the United States. This purpose of this paper is to share our learnings and promote the use of UAS in the O&G industry.

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