May 13, 2016

A growing number of businesses are exploring the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) across their enterprise. With the recent advancement and accessibility of sUAS as tools to support business pursuits and services, desire for use by engineers, technicians, marketing personnel and other company employees continues to increase. However, such individuals may not have received the appropriate aviation training, certification or practical experience development to safely and effectively operate these platforms, in accordance with operational requirements.

As experienced professionals within aviation, flight departments are well-versed in ensuring compliance with such requirements, while also offering a wealth of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) garnered from their extensive training and experience in this safety critical field. Integrating the responsibility for management and oversight of all sUAS operations in a company under a flight department can provide improved compliance, operational safety and effectiveness, standardization, economies of scale and collaborative benefit.

This resource – developed by NBAA’s Business Aviation Management Committee – provides guidance for operators interested in adding sUAS to their operations. It contains background information on general aviation flight department preparedness for integrating drone technology as well as a detailed checklist of relevant factors to consider when selecting a service provider.

Integrated Operational Management and Oversight for sUAS (89 KB, PDF)

For More Information

For more information on the Business Aviation Management Committee efforts to provide UAS guidance for flight departments, please contact NBAA’s Sarah Wolf at