In a dramatic example of how drones can assist in disaster recovery, Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy sent more than 200 volunteer workers to Puerto Rico to assist in restoring power to the island after Hurricane Maria struck in 2017. Its secret “weapon?” Five drones operated by two of its FAR Part 107-certified pilots. The Category 5 hurricane devastated Dominica, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. It is regarded as the worst natural disaster on record to ...

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