Waterloo-based Aeryon Labs to help map Fort McMurray wildfire

The Aeryon SkyRanger is controlled by a single operator and can fly for up to 50 minutes, according to the company.

The Aeryon SkyRanger is controlled by a single operator and can fly for up to 50 minutes, according to the company. (Aeryon Labs)

By Jonathan Rumley

Ventus Geospatial gets approval to fly unmanned aerial vehicles to survey damage, company says

A company based in Waterloo, Ont., says it has received approval to provide drone assistance in mapping out the fire-ravaged regions of Fort McMurray, Alta.

On Tuesday, Aeryon Labs wrote on its website that Calgary-based Ventus Geospatial was given an emergency complex restricted special flight operations certificate (SFOC) by Transport Canada in order to operate the unmanned aircraft over the areas affected by wildfire, which is currently restricted airspace.

The Aeryon SkyRanger will be used for a limited period during operations, the company said, adding Ventus has been using Canadian-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) since 2011. The SkyRanger is controlled by a single operator and can fly for up to 50 minutes, according to the company.

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