Today, just for you, the Unmanned Experts CEO tells us why drones are a great tool for tower work. He explains how frustrating it is to wait for the FAA to open up the rules for drones so that the commercial work can happen on a widespread scale. How training really matters, and that you need to be trained the right way. You will appreciate his knowledge on drones for commercial use and the history of the FAA’s inaction over the last 10 years or so.
He also goes in the proper way to handle lessons learned, in other words, writing them down isn’t enough, you need to implement changes. Something that I am guilty of, documentation without action. Action matters. Training does matter, knowing the rules matters. And yes, you can use drones for tower inspections legally, today. He could do it 24 hours after you call him to do the inspection!
Keven is a great guy, someone who can articulate his points about drones for commercial use very well. I really enjoyed talking to him and I think you will learn a lot from what he tells us. He is candid and honest when he talks about drones and regulations here in the USA.
I would like to thank Keven for taking the time, and getting a new phone, and for his openness and honesty on this call. I also want to thank him because my recorder crapped out 10 minutes into the call and I had to start over. Being the professional that he is, he not only started over, feeling the Déjà vu but he gave an outstanding interview! He is just a fascinating guy!
I met Keven through Kathy Brand at Tower Safety and Instruction who partnered with Unmanned Experts to provide drone training for tower workers. I think that it’s a great idea to have 2 leaders in their respective industries work together to provide certifications for people who see this as the new way to get things done efficiently, safely, and cost effectively. Tower workers will find ways to make this a safe alternative to climbing for simple inspections and for site surveys. Now that this is going to move ahead and the FAA is going to clear the way for commercial use soon, I hope, we can make a new viable tool available for the tower industry.
Unmanned Experts not only will fly missions for you but they are also offering training. They partnered with Tower Safety and Instruction to offer drone training for tower workers who meet the qualifications. At this time, you need to have a manned pilots license and drone training to fly legally. Tower Safety and Instruction understands that some people want to get a head start in drone training, so they developed this partnership to have people properly qualified for drone work at towers and to make sure that the students understand the rules and regulations before doing commercial work. It is very important to be certified in the work before doing any tower work. I am a firm believer that you need to be certified before going on a tower site. Working with drones is no different.
The FAA has a site for unmanned aircraft systems at http://www.faa.gov/uas/ if you want to check that out. Go to http://www.faa.gov/uas/civil_operations/ to learn more about commercial applications. If you want to see what Section 333 holds, go to http://www.faa.gov/uas/legislative_programs/section_333/ to learn more.
So let me know what you think, email firstname.lastname@example.org when you think of something to say!