Drones are constantly in the news these days, so your executive team may think they know all about them without having any idea of the value they can provide your company.
The capabilities of drones are increasing rapidly, and we can’t yet imagine all the business applications that will emerge over the next five years. What is clear is that some of the most groundbreaking use cases are emerging from major corporations.
In my role as strategic projects engineer at Skyward, I help enterprises plan and launch safe, efficient drone operations that comply with both internal and regulatory standards. I’ve learned so much about the challenges corporations face when it comes to adopting new technology, as well as common mistakes to avoid when launching a drone program at a major corporation.
Mistake #3: Leaving risk managers or the legal team out of the loop
Corporate lawyers and risk managers are a conservative bunch. This makes sense—they are paid to prevent accidents and reduce liability. They can also create hurdles that can delay the launch of your project by months or years.
Try this instead
Meet with your compliance team early on. From the outset, show how your workflow will support internal and regulatory compliance, risk mitigation, insurance requirements, and operational safety and efficiency. They’ll want to see preflight, postflight, and emergency checklists, as well as the system you’ll use to analyse airspace, communicate with flight crews, and track all of your aircraft, pilots, and documentation. (These are some of the reasons companies use the Skyward platform.)
Mistake #6: Having disconnected or siloed drone operations
Depending on the complexity of your organization—how many divisions and locations you have, the number of jurisdictions you operate in—you may have dozens of use cases for drones, and hundreds of flight crews around the world. The North American Healthcare Division may use drones very differently than the Asia Pacific Agriculture Division. What you don’t want is separate standards and operational processes that apply to different divisions or teams.
Try this instead
Having one system for managing diverse, far-flung drone operations will ensure standardisation, risk mitigation, and full transparency into the totality of operations. An ops management platform like Skyward can provide international regulatory standardisation while ensuring that separate divisions, internal flight crews, and contractors only have access to the information that applies to them.