The unmanned industry is going through a phase focused on technology. The newest sensors, the best aircraft, machine learning, and the slickest data management techniques are all supposed to elevate a drone operator to the highest levels of professionalism. What’s being forgotten are the fundamentals of aviation – lessons learned the hard way over the course of the last century, lessons we in the unmanned business would do well to incorporate.
People remain at the core of every drone operation today and will for the foreseeable future. Even the most automated of aircraft require a person to make decisions about where and when the aircraft should fly. Because of this, a Safety Management System is critical to every professional drone operation. A well developed and executed Safety Management System will reduce mishaps while simultaneously increasing efficiency. Those mishaps can easily be measured in dollars lost as well as dollars not earned.
At HAZON Solutions we developed our Safety Management System based on the Federal Aviation Administration’s and Part 121 commercial carrier’s systems. Our program is complete with safety risk mitigation, safety assurance, safety policy, and safety promotion. These incredibly effective components were used as the foundation of the HAZON Drone Management System™.
Every function in the HAZON DMS™ was built to incorporate and support the needs of a complete Safety Management System. The opening page each user sees at log-in clearly and unavoidably displays that user’s RPIC time in the last 7, 14, and 30 days – an excellent starting point for the pilot to self-assess their risk factors. Aircraft maintenance information is easily accessible as are aircraft inspection reports. Lessons Learned (a recently released feature) is a way to rapidly distribute safety related information across your entire drone network.
An investment in developing and executing a Safety Management System will easily yield a 3x or 4x return. HAZON DMS™ has the ability to effortlessly support all tenants of a Safety Management System; it will keep pilots safe, equipment working, and a drone operation humming.