“After taking a step back from the offshore work, I realized no one was offering professional legally operated drone services in Atlantic Canada,” says Lee. “I felt my background in inspections and working with drones, movies, and cinematography could combine into a business.”
The Volatus Training Academy in PEI is managed by Lee and is registered as a private training school with the PEI Department of Education and Life-long Learning. It is also the Volatus Centre of Excellence for BVLOS Training.
“Just before Christmas, I trained the Charlottetown Police Department drone team, and they have already put their training to practical use by using a drone to find a woman lost in the snow.
“I also provide support for onshore search and rescue. First Responders are looking at drones to deliver things such as epi-pens, Automated External Defibrillators, and drugs to injured people in remote locations before Paramedics can arrive on site.
“Fire departments can use thermal cameras attached to drones to detect hot spots, see-through smoke to find trapped people, and assess roof conditions. Contractors can use thermal cameras for inspection work to see where heat is escaping from the roof. As thermal cameras become smaller and more capable, they have become a less expensive alternative to manned aircraft.”
Lee is working with the UPEI Climate Lab to assist in training its staff to operate drones. “A multispectral sensor can be attached to a drone which can detect plants under stress. We can pinpoint the exact location of problems in the field so that pesticides can be directed to that specific area, which has a financial and environmental value.”