Drone Operations Audit Program

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1. ORGANIZATIONAL INTEGRATION
1.1. Drone safety management system
1.2. Risk assessments and risk mitigation plans
1.3. Organizational integration and policies
1.4. Oversight and monitoring of drone operations
1.5. Drone operator registration
1.6. Drone incident response plan
1.7. Insurance cover for drone operations

2. DRONE ASSETS
2.1. Procurement of drones and drone system components
2.2. Drone inventory management
2.3. Airworthiness of drones
2.4. Electronic drone identification
2.5. Testing of new and modified drones
2.6. Drone registration
2.7. Inventory management of drone-related assets
2.8. Control stations and control signal security
2.9. First-person view equipment
2.10. Radio equipment used in drones
2.11. Batteries and battery chargers
2.12. Fuel tanks, fuel and engine oil
2.13. Airfields and landing or cargo pads
2.14. Drone catapults
2.15. Drone spare parts inventory management
2.16. Write-offs and asset disposals

3. PILOTS, FLIGHTCREWS AND MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL
3.1. Job descriptions
3.2. Recruitment and background checks
3.3. Certification and currency requirements for drone pilots
3.4. Drug and alcohol testing
3.5. Third-party pilots
3.6. Aeronautical knowledge training

4. FLIGHT OPERATIONS
4.1. Basic rules for drone operations
4.2. Autonomous flight capabilities
4.3. Mission planning
4.4. Flying locations and airspace classification
4.5. Preflight inspections
4.6. Flying over people or close to people
4.7. Visible line of sight (VLOS) vs beyond visible line of sight (BVLOS)
4.8. A single pilot operating multiple drones
4.9. Maximum daytime flying hours
4.10. Minimum team size for missions
4.11. Flight training and drone testing
4.12. Record keeping for flight activities
4.13. Incident reporting and continuous improvement

5. DRONE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
5.1. Maintenance roles and responsibilities
5.2. Manufacturer relationships
5.3. Preventive maintenance
5.4. Documentation of maintenance work

6. PAYLOAD MANAGEMENT
6.1. Legal payload restrictions
6.2. Community concerns
6.3. Airframe-specific payload restrictions
6.4. Weather-specific payload restrictions
6.5. Data security
6.6. Payload insurance

7. FINANCIAL ANALYSIS
7.1. Capital expenditure and asset tracking
7.2. Budget and expense control
7.3. In-house drone operations vs drone service providers
7.4. Fulltime pilots on the company payroll vs contracted pilots
7.5. Centralized vs decentralized drone operations
7.6. Drone fleet suitability

ANNEX
Cross-reference to US legislation
Regulations in countries around the world
Recommended reading