Wildfire threatens the homes of workers at the biggest private employer in the Columbia River Gorge. That would be Boeing Defense subsidiary Insitu, which makes surveillance drones. One of Insitu’s 45-pound high-tech unmanned aircraft joined the fire fight this weekend.
Insitu launched one of its ScanEagle drones just a stone’s throw from the factory where it was made in Bingen, Washington. Senior manager for commercial aviation Charlton Evans says the company offered its eye-in-the-sky services when it became clear the Eagle Creek Fire posed a major threat to their Columbia Gorge community.
“It is hitting home in an extremely real way,” Evans said. “The fact that we’re here and we can literally launch and recover from our back