5.2 Flyby Inspections

Helicopter Flare Flyby Inspection

Flare Flyby Inspection, a quick and easy approach

This method of flare inspection yields some spectacular results, at reasonable cost whilst the plant remains online.

AKA: Flare Aerial Inspection Survey , Helicopter Fly-By

Operators and their inspection teams generally use our Flyby inspection service for the following reasons:

  • As part of the scheduled inspection plan (generally undertaken at 1 to 2 year intervals), in order to provide a clear and concise record of the condition of the installed flares.
  • Prior to a planned shutdown or TAR, where the FlyBy is typically scheduled 6 to 8 months prior to flare access in order to provide advance definition of the scope of flare work as well as recomendations for any remedial work that may be required.

In conjunction with a Flyby’s commissioned through Argo Flare Services, the majority of our clients will also request a full report including photographs & recommendations.

When a flare tip has a known and serious defect, our Flyby service is pivitol for “Flare Condition Monitoring”, and will often be used as part of a “Flare Crisis Management” program.

For flare condition monitoring, we generally supply a concise report, that is focused on the specific areas of concern. Where possible and a regular and frequent schedule of Flybys are arranged, the report will also compare damage over time in order to establish the rate of degradation.

Prior to any flyby, the photographer is fully briefed by Argo’s engineers on the key any points of interest and any areas of concern. Available drawings and past inspection reports are used for reference in the briefing.

Argo Flares use an experienced (OPITO qualified) professional industrial photographer.

The service generally uses the crew shuttle helicopter between the arrival and departure flights, in order to minimise costs.

Following a flyby, the digital photographs are post processed by the photographer back in his studio and sent out to the client either via an FTP download or DVD. A written report, if requested will generally follow within a week or two. In urgent cases the reports can be produced in 2 to 3 days.

Please contact us for a sample report.

For more information on flyby inspections visit our flyby inspection page, and/or our FAQ pages

Flyby options.

  • Standard Photograph Package
  • Full Photograph Package
  • Flare Condition Report
  • HD Video Package