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9 Features your Drone Management Software Should Have and Why

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?

Drone Flight logging

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?

Drone Maintenance dashboard

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.

Daily report

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.

project planning

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.

Equipment agnostic

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?

certification tracking

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?

real time tracking

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.

Weather integration

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).



Streamlining Your Commercial Drone Operations

2,200 individual flights.  Over 1,100 flight hours logged and tracked.  Hundreds of inspections and dozens of customers.  This is a volume and efficiency game.  These numbers come from HAZON Solutions service provider business operations in the third quarter of 2017.  HAZON is still a small business with a sharp eye on efficiency, to put up big numbers like these we needed some help.  It’s why we built DMS from scratch.

We’ve been in the high volume commercial drone business for the past three years.  Our goal every day is to maximize our capacity, maintain the highest quality and refine our process.  This focus on constant improvement led us to ditch the spreadsheets we were using a year ago to keep track of our flight related operations.  We had to have something that could keep up with the tempo of our operation without requiring additional manpower in the back office.  Enter the Drone Management System.

Let me rewind.  Five years ago I was in the US Navy assigned as the daily operations officer at the world’s largest fighter squadron.  I split my days between duty as an F/A-18 flight instructor and the lead for a team that scheduled the daily activity of over 900 people and 100 jets.  It was a daunting task made easier with specially designed software.  If it worked for the Navy, why wouldn’t it work for the drone business?  Back to HAZON…..

….we tested them all.  Drone specific software, manned aviation software, truck driving software. None of it worked.  It was all either too complex (looking at you manned aviation) or overly focused on the daily tasks of flying.  It was a tough call but we bit the bullet and built our own database.  The software was designed to support our needs as a high-volume operator.  It had to be flexible and fast.  I must record the data we needed but at a minimum imposition to our pilots.  It had to work on a cell phone and in the field.  It was a daunting task.

Eventually we recognized our database for what it was, one hell of a good product.  Drone operations management software, built on the principals of Naval Aviation, right sized for drone operations, streamline for businesses.

Here we stand today.  DMS continues to evolve as a more complete software offering every week and month.  We leverage the inputs of our users to add on features.  We partner with the best in the industry to bring in new capabilities.  We apply the same continuous process improvement mindset to our software line as we do to our services offerings.

Where is your business?  Are you collecting the data you need to run your operation?  Are you ready if the FAA comes calling?  How do you plan your operations?  Do you know how much you flew last week?  Are you ready to streamline?  Join us at DMS, commercial grade drone software.


Built by drone pros.  Built for drone pros.

Drone Maintenance Tracking

Aircraft Maintenance TrackingAircraft Maintenance TrackingDrones are not invincible.  Just like the rest of the equipment your business owns, they will eventually succumb to the wear and tear of their very reason for being – flight.  Propellers will bend out of shape, servos will slow and eventually fail, and firmware at the least will need to be updated.  There is a much to pay attention to and much track.  Free your people up to tackle the harder problems and let the Drone Management System do what it was meant to, get your business operating more efficiently and effectively through our drone maintenance tracking features.

Drone maintenance tracking has two key components. The first is planned maintenance – measuring wear and tear on your equipment and setting routine inspections based on specific intervals.  This is easily accomplished by tracking the flights and flight hours a drone accrues over time.  DMS allows a user to customize inspections based on intervals of either calendar time, flight hours or flights (or a combination of those).  We all know in the drone business that surprises are the enemy, ensure you don’t get surprised with a consistent and well executed drone inspection program.

The second component is logging unplanned maintenance done to individual aircraft. This could be preemptive maintenance after finding something when doing a simple pre-flight check or reactive to a failed part or piece of equipment.  Either way, unplanned drone maintenance tracking will allow you to identify common failures and trends, a key step forward for any business working on efficiency.

The DMS drone maintenance tracking function is powerful yet intuitive.  Designed to provide maximum information in a digestible and quick to interpret format, DMS will help ensure your operation is firing on all cylinders.  Get your business off spreadsheets and dry erase boards, streamline your process and increase efficiency by managing your operation with DMS.

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