3.5. Third-party pilots

Professional drone pilots can be hired on contracts other than employment contracts. This might be preferable in situations where a fulltime drone pilot is not needed or where pilot demand undergoes seasonal fluctuations.

Risks

  1. Unsuitable or underqualified contract pilots cause accidents.

Audit Steps

  1. Review contracts with agencies or individual pilots regarding pilot certification and currency requirements.
  2. Review contracts with agencies or individual pilots regarding pilot background checks.
  3. Review contracts with agencies or individual pilots regarding drug and alcohol tests.
  4. Sample test pilot certifications of third party pilots.

 

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