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Mar 3, 2016 | News

Skyward wants to help commercial drone programs take flight


Skyward is committed to helping businesses and commercial drone operators take advantage of the open skies. The company recently introduced the Take Flight package to help companies fly safely and build professional programs.

“Not every company that uses drones is run by an aviation or regulatory expert,” said Jonathan Evans, Skyward CEO. ‘skyward bridges the knowledge gap between aviators and executives and helps companies simplify the complexities of building and managing drone programs.”

According to Skyward, it is not enough to just get FAA approval; operators need to be aware of general operating manuals, handbooks, checklists and safety produces in order build a foundation for a legitimate aircraft program.

The package includes:

  • Customizable versions of Skyward’s General Operating Manual and Operations Handbook
  • Policies and procedures guide
  • Petition letter for a 333 Exemption (USA)
  • Special Flight Operation Certificate application (Canada)
  • FAA and Transport Canada exemption application guides
  • A “Welcome call,” with advice on operational procedures and best practices
  • Guidance on navigating the regulatory process

“This material is the result of three years working with drone operators, regulators, and insurance companies from around the world,” said Nick Wayne, director of business development at Skyward. “We’re thrilled to be able to share these best practices with commercial drone operators who might not have the aviation background or UAS operating experience required to develop them on their own.”