When companies add drones to their operations, risk and legal teams may have questions about new liability and compliance factors. After all, the goal is to make sure drones offer greater safety and competitive advantage while managing any new risks.

Often, drone programs need a management solution — software that can provide visibility into the program. When built on aviation best practices, this can be a powerful tool for balancing safety and gains.

That’s where Skyward comes in. Our Aviation Management Platform helps managers and personnel monitor a program even when crews and aircraft are spread across many locations. Even without aviation experience, Skyward makes it easier to audit, assess, and report on a drone program so the company stays compliant.

Here are five key ways Skyward’s software supports safety and risk teams.

1. Crew and personnel management

Skyward offers personnel management tools that make it easy to track credentials, contact information, and experience levels. A glance at Skyward’s “Personnel” screen shows:

  • Status of a pilot’s flight certificate
  • Logged flight hours
  • Link to download the pilot’s activity report

Clicking on a pilot shows more detail, such as certificate numbers, uploaded documents, and custom fields to track other metrics. Some companies use custom fields to track the types of aircraft a pilot has flown or their experience with advanced missions such as flights at night. 

Crew Management in Skyward

Having accessible data helps supervisors make sure the right crew are assigned to each flight. It reduces the chances of something going wrong and promotes accountability when addressing problems.

2. Aircraft management, certification, and maintenance

A well-kept drone fleet is key for successful missions. But drones are a complex technology, and equipment like propellers wear out and need to be replaced on a schedule. This is even more important as a program grows. You may have several identical drones operating from one office. How can you manage maintenance for each aircraft?

Skyward’s aircraft management dashboard helps you keep track of every drone’s status. The overview displays the drone’s FAA registration. It also shows the number of flights and hours logged on every aircraft so you can quickly tell which drones are nearing retirement.

Clicking on an individual drone provides service history, uploaded documents, and custom fields. Program managers can quickly assign the right aircraft for the job. Risk personnel can see if the fleet is in good working order. This reduces the risk of an incident and decreases downtime.

Aircraft Management in Skyward

3. Tracking compliance during and after every flight

Airspace rules are no joke — violating them can land companies in a lot of trouble. It’s crucial for managers to see if their pilots are following the rules, operating within approved airspace, and getting proper permissions. Skyward offers two ways to track your flights: Live Flight Tracking and Flight Insights.

Live Flight Tracking lets managers in the office observe flights as they happen in the field. Safety teams can monitor compliance and operation progress in near-real time without having to be onsite with crews.

Flight Insights is Skyward’s logbook for all of a program’s flights. Managers can view the flight path and filter flights by location, date, or even safety alert. This shows flights that may have flown higher or farther than allowed. If a complaint is filed about an operation, flight logs can reveal what actually happened.

Managers can also review a planned operation. From airspace permissions to crew members and even weather conditions, the operation page helps managers account for risks before crews go to work. And that plan sets a standard by which to evaluate the crew’s performance.

Planned Operation in Skyward

4. Easy audits and reporting

Skyward’s software makes reporting easier. If there is an anomaly or incident in your drone program — or if you just need to report on ROI — Skyward’s Program Insights feature offers intuitive graphs with key metrics on your operation.

For deeper reporting, you can download spreadsheet reports and organize them by type of flight, operator, or date range. For full insight, Skyward offers APIs and pre-built reporting dashboards so you can get the most from your program’s information.

5. Controlled access to records and information

Skyward can provide access to everyone who needs your records. At the same time, we ensure that crews, contractors, and separate divisions only have access to the information that applies to them. Skyward lets you compartmentalize data so sensitive information isn’t available to just anyone.

You can also give compliance, legal, and risk personnel their own logins with full access. This gives them complete visibility into your program whenever they need it.

Skyward: One system for many moving parts

A drone program has many moving pieces: permits, personnel, equipment, schedules, vendors, and contractors. Each of these brings variables and risks, especially as your program grows. Skyward can help you manage these factors. We help you maximize transparency and centralized monitoring, keeping your risks and liability to a minimum.

We’d love to talk to you about how Skyward can help reduce specific risks in your industry. Let us know about your program today!

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