7 Key Considerations Before Taking Your Drone Operation to the Sky


It is no secret that worldwide commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—aka drones—are emerging as a competitive technology in a number of data collection scenarios. As global businesses begin to weigh the benefits of what drones can do better, faster, and more safely than people or conventional aircraft, they are also beginning to weigh the risks and liabilities of owning drones versus hiring or contracting with drone services. Whether you choose to own or hire drones, the issues are similar and compelling.

The complexity of that task grows when you consider integrating data from drones into existing enterprise business processes and facing data governance requirements. It becomes even more complex when you look beyond business policy and look at the regulatory requirements.

For example, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) considers drones that are used commercially to be aircraft and therefore subjects them to all the same regulations as manned aircraft, which creates obligations for which non- aviation companies may not be prepared. If you want to own a drone or fleet of drones, then you will need a licensed pilot, an aircraft airworthiness certificate, a flight plan, FAA approval to fly, a flight log, and more, not to mention insurance.

In short, use of commercial drones brings a host of complicated business requirements – particularly if you’re trying to integrate them into an existing enterprise to capture aerial data while maintaining compliance with FAA regulations.

Is your business ready to handle this complexity?
More important, do you have the critical software infrastructure to manage the addition of drones to your business operations?


  1. Compliance
  2. Accountability
  3. Reporting
  4. Risk Mitigation
  5. Data Management
  6. Operational Management
  7. Implementation
  8. Conclusion

This white paper outlines seven important issues to consider so you benefit from the advantages drones deliver without exposing your company to unnecessary risk. We will be publishing it online over the next few week, but if you would like to read the full paper now, you can download it in .pdf format below.

Commercial Drones

Businesses are weighing the costs of replacing people on tasks that drones can do better, faster, and more safely than people.

  • Water tower inspections
  • Railway and highway inspections
  • Telecommunications towers inspections
  • Agricultural monitoring
  • Mapping and surveying rough terrain
  • Search and Rescue
  • Construction site inspections
  • Energy infrastructure inspections– oil, gas, wind, solar, electric
  • Commercial video production
7 Key Considerations Before Taking Your Drone Operation to the Sky