3 Tips for Adding Drones to Your Business
The best businesses don’t just follow the herd. They innovate to become leaders in their field. And in their continuing quest for improvement, many of these organisations have started using drones. One such organisation is fireFLY, a midlands-based aerial solutions provider. They have extensive experience conducting commercial drone flights, and are passionate about helping organisations benefit from the new technology. Last week we sat down with two of their pilots, Stuart Taylor and Paul Trainor, and asked what advice they would give to anyone thinking of adding drones to their business.
Do your research
“It is important to understand the hidden commitments of managing them as a tool,” says Stuart.“It takes far more than just flying,” he continues, “pilots have to be trained, aircraft maintained, checklists, logs and procedures put in place.” These background tasks are crucial if a business is to fly safely. Paul goes on to stress the dangers of not understanding the full extent of the work involved:
“Your drone capability can become redundant,” he warns, “if colleagues tasked with using them are not provided with training, support and time to develop.” Before investing, a company should be aware of this additional workload. It is not simply a case of buying a drone, switching it on, and taking off.
Write a business plan
Buying drones must provide a commercial benefit to your business. “Review the intended application, cost and potential return on investment,” advises Stuart. To do this write a business plan which includes financial forecasts, and answers important questions, such as:
- Who are your potential customers?
- How will you stand out from your competitors?
- How big is the current market?
- How much will it cost you to run?
The overall purpose of this is to justify what you are going to do, how you are going to do it, and assess whether it will make money. Once you have started operating, your services will need to evolve as the market develops. Keeping pace with these changes can be hard, but reviewing your plan at regular intervals will help you stay ahead.
Learn from others
Experienced drone pilots will be happy to share best practices and give advice on how to keep your flying safe. This knowledge will be invaluable to any organisation that is new to flying drones. Stuart advises you to: “Immerse yourself in a reliable source of knowledge and experience, be that a flying club, online forum, or someone within the business with an existing interest.” Developing a good knowledge of unmanned systems will make you far more effective in leveraging the benefits they offer.
UAVAir helps organisations put drones in the sky. We provide premium-quality training and ongoing support for commercial operators. If you are thinking of adding drones to your business, view our available courses here.