I want to use drones for my business.
Many companies are working hard to determine how they can use drones for their own purposes and as an additional service offering to customers. For instance, enterprises may wish to use UAV for their own purpose to document inventory, provide security, conduct inspections an many other applications. An infrastructure inspection company may want to add drone services as an additional customer offering. An engineering firm may wish to use UAV for inspections, mapping and many other uses. Understanding the FAA regulations is only the first step. Integration of drone operations into any enterprise or company requires planning, in addition to execution.
This is Drone Attorney Enrico Schaefer and today we are going to continue our series about How to Integrate Drones Into Your Company or Enterprise. You might recall in the last episode we took a broad look at How to Integrate Drones in Your Enterprise.
You need a drone operations manual, aka flight operations manual.
If you are large company, a company that has established services, and you are looking to add Drones as an additional service or you’re a company who is looking to really utilize Drones for your internal operations, marketing videos, training videos, or your own purpose of inspection at your property or facility. Under either one of these scenarios you are going to need a very solid customized Operations Manual. A Part 107 compliant Drone sUAS Operations Manual is important, because it offers a foundation by which all Drone flights and operations will occur either within your organization or for customers hiring you to provide Drone services.
The drone operations manual can also cover all Third-Party Drone operations on your property. With the operations manual is going to determine, how, where, when, Drone operations can occur. It is all the checklist items that you are going to make sure occur before a Drone takes off on behalf or under the umbrella of your enterprise, company, or organization.
So, you want to look at it like this – Employees have Employee Manuals that sometimes govern the relationship of the employer and the employee. A Drone Service Manual or Drones Operation Manual is going to be even more important. Why? How many of those employees really consult that Employee Manual every day, week or month? Or can even recall what’s in the Employee Manual.
An operations and flight manual for drones is a checklist to ensure compliance.
A SUAS Operations Manual, under Part 107 Regulations, is going to be used as a part of every single Drone operation. It is going to spell out what permissions need to be obtained before a Drone can take the air. What type of record keeping is going to be required for your Drone Operations? Who are those records going to be kept by and reported to? If there is an accident or some sort of safety incident that occurs as result of UAV Operations, then how are those records going to be kept and who will that be recorded to beyond the FAA?
These are all of the different types of things that you are going to want to customize for your organization. You are going to have a fleet of Drones. You will determine how record keeping occurs for those Drones and what kinds of information are mandatory to be kept as part of the record keeping?
So, if you are an enterprise, a company, or an organization looking to integrate Drones into your service offerings or for your internal purposes, make sure you hire Drone Attorney or consultant who can help you draft an Operations Manual.
Step One and is mission critical and should be part of developing your internal process. I am Drone Attorney Enrico Schaefer and we will see you next time.
Commercial Drone Resources:
- UAV tips – preparing your operations manual. Operations Manual should detail your company’s policy for commercial work using a drone, including what your SUA (Small Unmanned Aircraft) will do in your operation, who will be accountable and how long you are willing to work for.
- An Operations Manual is, like the industry, iterative. You have a mountain to climb initially but once the framework is built you can add flesh to the bones. In order to be ‘fit for purpose’ it requires regular updates and additions as you build your UAS offering. My background in aviation as a commercial airline pilot gave my business a head start as SOP’s, checklists and aviation process were inherently familiar.