5.2. Manufacturer relationships

When drone manufacturers become aware of safety problems related to already sold drones they have the responsibility to do something about it, be it a recall or a software update.

In order for this to work, relationships with manufacturers or distributors needs to be maintained and drone safety relevant input needs to be acted upon.


  1. Increased accident risks due to inaction.
  2. Additional legal exposure in case of accidents due to failures to address known problems.

Audit Steps

  1. Establish which function maintains contact with hardware suppliers to ensure important information impacting drone airworthiness is acted upon.
  2. Perform a web search for software updates available for drones in use and validate that all safety and security related updates have been performed.


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