Our mission is to see a well-trained and legal drone program in every organizatiuon in the United States.
We say it on every call with potential clients and have it on our website, but what do we really mean by the mission statement above? We believe that drones in the hands of well-trained operators, are one of the most important life- and cost-saving tools available to industry, and so we're dedicated to delivering the best training techniques, and most up-to-date information to our clients.
Our mission is embodied in a three-step process we call "The Skyfire Method" of Drone Program creation.
1. Get the Right Equipment
Every organization is different, with varying use cases, budgets, on-staff talent, and geography, and so the best aircraft for the job is going to vary. This is why we spend the time to get to know our clients and their needs before suggesting the equipment they should use. While we're a DJI and FLIR authorized dealer and have strong relationships with W.S. Darley, we are by no means beholden to these products alone. We will find the best possible combination to match any organization.
2. Get the Right Certifications
For non-public safety organizations the only regulatory framework available is Part 107. It is an individual certification, which means responsibility for maintaining legal drone usage and applying for all necessary waivers falls on the individual operator, and must be repeated with every additional operator. It's important for organizations operating a drone program to understand the specific responsibilities their pilots have to the safety of those around them.
3. Get the Right Training
This brings us to the last part of The Skyfire Method: training. We believe that a solid drone operator must have a good foundation of piloting knowledge with actual flight time, which is why we've developed a specialized 2-day training for industrial drone pilots that combines a rigorous ground school with practical, hands-on flight training. While our training should not be used as a replacement for studying for the Part 107 exam, it does give operators a solid foundation of piloting skills, with the addition of several hours of airtime with the actual aircraft they will use in the field.
The world of industrial UAV use is a relatively new one, expanding everyday, with new techniques, information, and equipment released all the time. We've developed The Skyfire Method as a flexible platform for rapidly establishing well-trained and legal drone programs regardless of changes to the legal framework, personnel, or equipment.
For more information about the Skyfire Method, download our free Skyfire Method Infographic below.