Launching a drone program is hard. Growing past the startup phase can be even harder.

There are so many factors to consider, whether you’re looking at budget, personnel, equipment, systems, policies, or the many other factors that come up as you begin actively flying missions. One of the primary challenges we hear about is expertise. You really want a drone expert on your team — not only a skilled pilot, but someone who understands the ins and outs of the regulations. Even better if it’s someone who’s gone through all this before.

But where can you find experienced personnel like this? And what if you only need to hire them for a few months while you get your program up and running?

That’s why I’m excited to introduce Skyward’s new Co-Pilot consulting service: a chance to integrate a Skyward subject matter expert within your drone program to help you build a foundation of knowledge and experience within your organization. Skyward’s Co-Pilot service makes a drone program expert available to new and existing customers to help them realize value from their investment in drones.

Here’s how it works.

Bringing a Co-Pilot into your drone ops flight deck

Most drone programs are started and managed by people with other “day jobs” — that is to say, managing a drone program isn’t typically full-time work. They may be construction project managers, CTOs, safety managers, or virtually any other job title. Competing responsibilities make it hard to invest the required amount of time, effort, and brainspace to stand up a high-quality drone program.

Skyward wants to meet the need for focused expertise and attention. That’s why we created the Co-Pilot service. Skyward’s Co-Pilot service enables companies to “rent” a Skyward subject matter expert and have them available on-demand to address different factors in your drone program. This provides consultation time to accurately assess the status of an existing drone program and provide recommendations and best practices. The Co-Pilot can help you make your day to day operations more efficient while promoting a culture of safety and due diligence.

The deliverables from your Co-Pilot can be completely customized based on use case, organization, operating profile, and regulatory environment, depending on what you need. This can include mentoring and training for your company’s program manager, as the ultimate goal is to enable a healthy, self-sustaining program.

The Co-Pilot service not only helps with setting strong foundations for a new program, but it is also designed to strengthen an existing program for growth and scalability. This is especially useful for companies that need to routinely operate in complex operating environments and navigate challenges like regulations and advanced missions.

Ready to get started?

If you’re interested in Skyward’s Co-Pilot service and looking for more information, you can contact us to get started. You can also find more consulting, training, and other services on Skyward’s Pricing page.