Air Operations: Our eyes in the sky

Our Air Operations team surveys the railway using the Network Rail helicopter and unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs or drones).

Operating our high-tech thermal and visual imaging equipment, this forward-thinking, high-flying team surveys the railway by air. This is effective – our equipment identifies the smallest of faults, and our aircraft cover wide areas fast – and a safe option, reducing the need to send people trackside to inspect railway equipment.

Find out more about the work of Air Operations, the equipment the team uses and how it benefits the railway:

Air Operations

Air Operations equipment