The Ins and Outs of Training
Without a doubt, training is the most critical step at this stage of your drone program’s development. It isn’t easy to adjust your processes after you’ve grown your program with well-defined SOPs, so you must first refine your methods. As we’ve written previously, the U.S. requires a Part 107 license to operate a commercial drone safely and legally. But since the Part 107 test doesn’t require actual flying experience, each company should still expect to develop a certain amount of training beyond licensing to ensure that your pilots have adequate experience before handling thousands of dollars worth of equipment. These best practices should inform your team of your drone program’s capabilities, value, workflow, and safety measures.
Our largest customers standardize their training on DroneDeploy Academy. Here, we’ve created an individual, industry-focused curriculum featuring various everyday use cases that your team can access on-demand. We can further customize this training to incorporate relevant examples in your field and include live flight demos. The best part? After passing, pilots can add a “DroneDeploy certified” badge to their Linkedin profiles. This sets you apart from a host of other drone service providers, and signifies that you’ve received adequate training.
It’s important to note that while we talk about training pilots, do not neglect to train your analysts. Their workflow will likely alter after adding an internal drone program, and how they analyze the data they receive from you will definitely change. Luckily, we’ve set up a track within the DroneDeploy Academy tailored explicitly to analysts that features a range of DroneDeploy tools pertinent to them. In tandem with this, be sure to set up any integrations your analysts might use ahead of time to improve their workflow.