Critical Infrastructure Tips

Hiring a sUAS company that can bring you 5-10 million a year in ROI. First you must evaluate their SMS and SOP.  Understand that improper use of a complex device such as an unmanned aircraft could have catastrophic consequences if conducted by an untrained and undisciplined Drone Service Provider

PRE-FLIGHT PLANNING

 A thorough assessment of potential flight area conditions and hazards analysis is key to the safe execution of any sUAS flight. A well thought out plan can help avoid many common pitfalls and make the overall workflow more efficient. Once the overall goals and data collection requirements are understood, the planning can begin.

ONSITE ASSESSMENT

The on-site assessment is conducted in the field just prior to flight so that any hazards in the area can be evaluated in person, the takeoff and landing points can be adjusted if necessary, and any changes to the weather can be re-evaluated. The planned route of flight, altitude, and fail-safe settings cannot be finalized until all obstructions and area hazards have been identified.

CREW BRIEFING

 The Pilot in Command shall ensure that all crewmembers are given a safety briefing appropriate to the crewmember needs. As a minimum, the briefings should address each flight uniquely considering the area of flight, condition of aircraft, crew roles and responsibilities, obstructions/obstacles/hazards, airspace considerations, weather highlights, and immediate action response in case of emergency.

FLIGHT EXECUTION

During the takeoff portion of the flight, the flight team will maintain a sterile cockpit policy where no-one speaks during the takeoff procedure (unless directly related to the takeoff event).  During the landing portion of the flight, the flight team will maintain a sterile cockpit policy where no-one speaks during the landing procedure (unless directly related to the landing event). The PIC will land the aircraft at the takeoff point unless, due to safety, he/she feels it would be safer to land at a different location.