Aviation Accident Investigation/Forensics

Plymouth, Massachusetts

Client: Massachusetts Department of Transportation


  • sUAS Imagery and Video
  • On-Ground Material Identification

Project Summary

The MassDOT Aeronautics Division reached out to select members of the drone community soliciting participation in a Drone Demonstration research project to display drone capabilities to support MassDOT and MBTA missions. Hoyle, Tanner was chosen to demonstrate capabilities for accident investigation and airport inspection services. Objectives for this demonstration was to conduct a cost-benefit analysis and compare drone methods vs. traditional non-drone methods for accident investigation and airport inspection services. Being one of a few drone experts and participating in one of six different drone demonstrations, Hoyle, Tanner was able to assist MassDOT in analyzing drone applications and identifying what works well and what presents challenges. An important outcome was learning of the geofence limitations of specific makes and models of inspection quadcopters. Certain models cannot be used for autonomous flight missions even if unlocked after submitting airspace authorization requests. The results of this research project are being used by MassDOT as they move forward with their in-house Drone Program.

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