Professional Engineering Inspections has been providing residential and commercial inspection and consulting services for existing and new construction in the Greater Houston area for over 28 years. Our services include prepurchase condition of property inspections, inspection of new construction, legal inspections, as well as inspections and consulting services where our clients may have specific needs. Our experience in construction consulting, where we are often asked to help find and solve construction related problems, is reflected in our inspection work and the quality of our resulting inspection reports. Our quality inspection services and reporting provide our clients with information that is useful in making an informed decision through narrative format reports which are easy to read and easy to understand. Our professional staff is also available to assist you in your inspection needs and to answer any questions you may have related to the inspection or consulting work we perform.
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Professional Engineering Inspections service area includes Houston and its outlying areas. We most frequently provide our services in the areas around Houston including Katy, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Baytown, League City, Friendswood, Pearland, Galveston, and Richmond. Upon request we will travel anywhere within the State of Texas and have provided our services to our clients in Austin, El Campo, Columbus, Brenham, Bryan, College Station, Corsicana, Dallas, Denton, and Livingston. If we must travel outside our normal service area we must normally charge a reasonable travel fee. Our travel fees are depended upon the time expected to be spent on site and distance to be traveled. If you live outside of the Houston area do not hesitate to contact our offices for a travel fee.
Sunday the FAA released new rules for small unmanned aircraft commonly referred to as drones or UAV. The new rules are coming amidst pressure from the general public who wish to use these small aircraft for commercial purposes. These rules will cover drones less than 55 lbs. Commercial purposes include using the equipment for photography and inspection work both of which are of interest to my company. Currently all commercial UAV activity is restricted. Under the proposed rule, the person actually flying a small UAS would be an “operator.” An operator would have to be at least 17 years old, pass an aeronautical knowledge test and obtain an FAA UAS operator certificate. To maintain certification, the operator would have to pass the FAA knowledge tests every 24 months. A small UAS operator would not need any further private pilot certifications (i.e., a private pilot license or medical rating). It is proposed that operation be restricted to daylight hours, visual line of sight, and observer requirements. This would restrict some valid uses such as infrared camera surveys which are often completed after the sun goes down and we hope that this can be addressed. There will be a public commentary period after the proposed rules are formally introduced.
As it stands there are many small business who are ignoring the FAA restrictions. For the most part the FAA does not appear to have the resources to enforce the commercial ban. They are working to correct this by issuing directives for local law enforcement. A request has gone out for local law enforcement to investigate and collect evidence of violations of current guidelines. I suspect that enforcement will still be lax unless an operator creates a known hazard, damage, or injury as most in law enforcement have more important work to do.
Get first hand news at the FAA web site. You can follow their twitter feed as well:
The current unmanned aircraft rules remain in place until the FAA implements a final new rule. The FAA encourages new operators to visit:
You can view the FAA’s Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking later today at:
An overview of the Small UAS rule can be viewed at:
You can view the fact sheet at:
Press Conference audio is available here.
For more information on the FAA and UAS, visit: