The primary concern of most companies is ensuring federal and state regulatory compliance. When the FAA released CFR Part 107 in June of 2016, it opened the door for limited commercial drone operations development. This means that companies can operate their drones within visual line of sight. However, there is still considerable apprehension. As an example, a construction company is very good at what they do; its workers understand how to design and build safely. But they know next to nothing of aviation safety. With decades of expertise regulating the National Airspace System (NAS) to ensure aviators operate with the utmost care, the FAA brings a highly integrative risk mitigation culture. When your career is not in this safety culture it can seem overwhelming. You need a transformational professional to build a program that makes executives and workers aware of the rules and how to operate safely and successfully.
Safety Management. Next to the efficiencies using drones brings is the reduction of personal and property risk. Flying drones to conduct non-destructive inspections can eliminate costly equipment needed for humans to access difficult to reach areas.. However, using drones is not free of risk. Like any tool, they must be used safely. Your expert must know how to employ safety management systems, implement change management workflows, and give drone operators hazard identification and mitigation tools and training. Nothing can reduce your bottom line like an accident or a mishap.
Technology Development and Implementation. This technology is changing at an ever-increasing rate. Most people think a drone with a camera is all they need. This works for marketing products like cinematography or real estate. But your drone is simply the platform–the sensor payload is the real moneymaker. Does your industry need thermal imaging, RBG, or even LiDAR? Each has different advantages and different price points. You need an expert that knows what data your processes need, how to collect it, and get it to you just when you need it.
Post Processing and Workflow Management. A picture is worth a thousand words. What is a 3D image or an underlay of your jobsite worth to you? You need an expert that understands what information systems you use and how to integrate post processing to deliver the products you need: products to prevent errors, reports status, detect defects, reduce motion, prevent overproduction, monitor inventory, reduce waiting, streamline workflow, and predict cost. Just like Toyota and General Electric, these things improve your bottom line. (Not sure what you mean by this last sentence?? Toyota and GE??)
Program Management. The last area your expert needs to be familiar with is aviation management systems. From program development, to maintenance system tracking, to hazard identification and assessment, your expert can implement change management by promoting policies that align with your company and make use of aviation best practices.
Training. This is the most overlooked and the most affordable way to ensure change. Your expert should know how to document all the above, standardize, and package training. A trained workforce ensures a company is set up to reap the benefit of using drones.
An Eye on the Future. Drones are changing the workplace and our environment faster than ever. The technology we are using now is already obsolete. The FAA is already working on the next round of regulations for drones. You want your expert to be dialed in and helping you position for the advantages yet to come….