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Virginia Beach, VA — May 1, 2018 — HAZON Solutions (“HAZON”) and PrecisionHawk today announced a strategic partnership where HAZON will serve as the preferred training partner for PrecisionHawk’s Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) waiver consulting program.
“This partnership is the perfect marriage of resources between two best-in-breed companies,” said HAZON CEO and co-founder David A. Culler, Jr. CAPT, USN (ret.). “Under the FAA Pathfinder Program, PrecisionHawk has developed a strong safety case for enterprises to conduct BVLOS drone operations, of which training and crew experience are a key component, two services where HAZON excels.”
While BVLOS flight operations offer an exponential increase in return on investment over traditional visual line of sight (VLOS) drone flight operations or manned aircraft operations, expanding the area of operation by up to 50 miles, pilots must have sufficient experience in VLOS and receive BVLOS-specific training. Under the Pathfinder fieldwork, PrecisionHawk recommends a practical performance evaluation (in-field test) and at least 15 to 20 hours of VLOS flight before BVLOS is attempted.
This …is not a test case or a proof of concept – we will be enabling
production-level, routine BVLOS flight for commercial operations.”
– Tyler Collins, VP Airspace Services at PrecisionHawk
“BVLOS flight operations require significant hands on training due to the inherently complex technical and operational requirements,” said Tyler Collins, VP airspace services at PrecisionHawk. “This partnership with HAZON is not a test case or a proof of concept – we will be enabling production-level, routine BVLOS flight for commercial operations.”
HAZON plans to facilitate the already-growing backlog of training requirements by expanding their training team and opening regional training centers. Details on expansion locations and hiring will be released in coming months.
“The HAZON-PrecisionHawk team is a natural alliance based on our shared vision and approach to enabling advanced drone operations,” said HAZON VP business development Ed Hine. “We’re looking forward to the opportunities that BVLOS flight unlocks for our industry. There is no doubt that this is an enormous step for the unmanned aviation community.”
HAZON Solutions is a drone service provider focused on critical infrastructure inspections for Fortune 500 utility and industrial clients. HAZON leverages a combined 80 years of combat aviation experience to deliver industry leading drone based solutions to help organizations increase reliability and decrease down time due to maintenance and inspections while also mitigating risk to personnel. HAZON’s primary focus is delivering inspection services to those companies with significant investments in critical infrastructure. HAZON leverages our aviation expertise to collect actionable data that is otherwise difficult, dangerous or costly to gather. For organizations that want to build out an organic drone program, HAZON offers professional aviation consulting as well as basic and advanced flight training. To complement the consulting and training services, HAZON has developed fleet management software for professional drone operations – Drone Management System™.
PrecisionHawk is a leading provider of drone technology for the enterprise. PrecisionHawk’s client list includes Fortune 500 companies and market leaders in 150 countries, spanning a range of industries, including agriculture, energy, insurance, government and construction. To date, PrecisionHawk has raised more than $100 million from leading venture capital firms including Third Point Ventures and Millennium Technology Value Partners, with strategic investments from enterprise customers and partners including Comcast Ventures, DuPont, Intel Capital, NTT Docomo, and Yamaha Motor. The company, founded in 2010, is privately held and headquartered in Raleigh, NC. More information about PrecisionHawk can be found at www.precisionhawk.com or on Twitter.
Ed Hine HAZON Solutions | Vice President – BD and Marketing
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Running a drone operation is not easy. Aside from the everyday business challenges, program leaders face shifting demands from the drone industry. Technology developments are accelerating, regulations are in a constant state of flux, and of course, the big data issue.
Luckily there are software solutions that can help you keep a handle on the flight operations side of your program. Below are a couple of features that your software solutions should have, use this list as a tool to evaluate them:
1. Flight Logging
Bread and butter flight operations management. You have to be able to log flights quickly and easily. There are no substitutes here; this is a core function that should be go/no-go criteria. The question will not be if the software does or does not do this, but how well does it do it? Does the software have single point reporting? Does the software attribute flight hours to both aircraft and personnel at the same time?
2. Maintenance Logging
Again, core function here. The question will be how well does the software do the job? Does the software accrue hours to the appropriate aircraft? Does it track periodic or routine / scheduled maintenance (think oil changes on your car)? Can you track maintenance issues on your aircraft and log corrective actions? Does it display the information in an intuitive, easy to decipher way?
3. Quick Field Reporting
A universal truth of services-based work (like drone flight operations), your teams are going to prioritize getting work done over reporting on their work. If the reporting functions are cumbersome or lengthy, they will be skipped. Reporting must be fast, easy, painless and accessible from pretty much any location.
4. Project Planning
If you run a drone program, then you are likely knee deep in operational planning at some level. To keep a drone program moving you must be able to pair up pilots, equipment and customer requirements – ideally balancing multiple projects at the same time with airspace awareness.
5. Equipment Agnostic
It seems simple, but can your solution handle multiple aircraft manufacturers without changing the processes your business uses? With the accelerating rate of tech rollouts, we currently estimate the lifespan of an aircraft to be around 18 months. If you must change hardware that often (and possibly or maybe even probably hardware manufacturers) do you also want to change software too? Make sure your software can handle any manufacturers equipment.
6. Certification Tracking
Not all of your drone pilots are created equally. Some are more qualified than others – make sure you can easily track who is qualified for what. As your operation increases in scale and complexity, easy to read and intuitive tracking of personnel will pay dividends. Also look at the ability to track routine training. If you are running a professional drone operation, you probably recognize a need for periodic training. Does the software monitor your personnel’s certifications? Can it alert you when renewal training are due?
7. Remote Real-time Tracking
You have got a complicated operation on your hands. Drone teams out getting work done, customers calling for new jobs. Flight reports, data to analyze, invoices and purchase orders. Undoubtedly, you have many moving parts to keep track of. Ask yourself this quick question – do you know where each aircraft is right now? Would you like to?
8. Weather Integration
UAV operations is a weather dependent business; there’s no doubting that. At a minimum, your software should provide a high-level overview of the current weather in the area you plan to fly.
9. Airspace Awareness
Airspace integration is now affectively table stakes for drone software. Airspace regulation is a complicated issue, which is further complicated by FAA regulations and the oft-updated TFRs. Does your software display current airspace in an easy to see format? How quickly do TFRs update?
Our Drone Management System™ (DMS) is a secure, patent pending, web-based application that provides any drone operator, whether a hobbyist or a corporation with hundreds of drones, with a fast and easy way to manage a fleet of UAVs. Users can input flight logs, aircraft maintenance needs and daily activities into HAZON DMS™ through the user-friendly software. Supervisors can view all entered information from a desktop computer or mobile device, without the worry of updating multiple spreadsheets. Your business will run more efficiently and effectively allowing you to realize a better return on the investments you’ve made in training and equipment. Read on to see how feature-rich HAZON DMS™ can make your workflow smoother, faster and more accurate. Learn more about our Drone Management System™ (DMS).