Hedrick Speaks To Canadian Bar Association On The Future Of Helicopter External Load Technology

On October 30, 2019 Robert Hedrick gave a PowerPoint presentation to the Air Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association in Vancouver, British Columbia, on: Drone Technology For Helicopters And Beyond: The Legal Landscape

Robert discussed new drone technology that is being incorporated into helicopter load stabilization, and how civilian and military markets throughout the world are anxious to implement this technology to increase safety and save lives. This state-of-the-art technology involves connecting a drone type device to helicopter external loads to prevent swinging and spinning. The future use of this technology includes use on high rise construction cranes, off-shore oil platforms, and for firefighting. 

Drone-based firefighting proof of concept

Robert also addressed the legal status of this technology and the current framework of Federal Aviation Regulations related to operations involving this state-of-the-art technology. He also discussed safety issues and accident liability.