This template is tailored for large and medium sized organizations which operate drones with a maximum weight of 25kg or 55lb including batteries, fuel and payload. Once drones or UAV get bigger than that, we recommend you get an expert to join your audit team.
As for the type of organization we think this template will be especially useful for companies who use drones in their business but who are not drone service providers for other companies.
For organizations in the target audience this template will likely cover more areas and details than they need. This is by design: it is easier to eliminate than to create content.
The range of topics covered in the template might be too wide for an audit project with limited resources. In such cases the table of content will help to lay out in the audit report what was covered and what was excluded.
The explanations in each section are meant to give auditors a short introduction into the particular risk environment of each section. They are also pointers to additional audit steps auditors might want to add to address the specific situation in their company.
Legal compliance is a topic in most drone operation audits, as it should be. While drone laws of different countries have been considered in the creation of this template, the template is held general enough to be useful in all jurisdictions. Since the target audience are medium and large-size organizations the audit work program template has to be useable in more than one country.
In sections of the audit work program where the laws are likely different in different jurisdictions, this is pointed out. The Annex of this document provides links between the template sections and specific paragraphs in 14 CFR Part 107 for the US.
In Europe, in 2018, the regulation of drones up to 150kg is still up to the member states of the European Union, but this is about to change.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is currently working on new drone laws and has already proposed a unified regulatory framework for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems, applicable in all member states. This proposal and comments to it have been evaluated and considered by the author in order to understand in which direction the legal situation is evolving.
The Annex provides links to summaries of the key differences between drone laws in the various EU member states.
Release notes and copyright
You are free to use and modify this document. Redistributing it in its original or a modified form requires the written consent of its author, Thomas Natter (https://dronemerger.org/about/).
The updated and most recent version of this document is available for free on DroneMerger.org.
If you or your team find errors or omissions, please let me know, so I can fix them. If your team completed the whole audit and hasn’t found any errors or omissions, be very suspicious.