High School District Drone Checklists- Why is this important?

CrossFlight’s mission is to improve the safety of the National Airspace System ((NAS) through educating the future generation of aviators and drone operators. Our goal is to provide students with the best educational tools and classes to ensure the safety of the NAS. Jerry Whittaker- CrossFlight CEO

Does your High School Use Drones?

Beaufort Academy Drone Day Class

Beaufort Academy Drone Day Class

School District Drone Use Checklist

We’ve developed an internal checklist to help you establish a drone safety program that will ensure safe operations and limit liability for schools in your district. It’s important to ensure procedures are in place for understanding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regulations, as well as ensuring young people learn how to safely use drones while introducing them to aviation sciences in support of STEM programs.

  • Does the school or district facilities have a formal drone program?

  • Do teachers use pre-flight checklists and risk mitigation forms?

  • Are all school district drones registered with the FAA and have the registration numbers displayed on the outside of the drone? use and documentation?

  • Do teachers have flight binders for documentation of flights?

  • Does the school district have UAS or drone maintenance plans and record keeping procedures?

  • Are all applicable teachers FAA Part 107 Certified Pilots?

  • Do current insurance policies include coverage for Small Unmanned Air Systems/Drones? (Note: most private policies do not cover aircraft)

  • Are policies and procedures in place regarding non-school owned flights over district owned facilities and is there signage in place for no drone zones?


How CrossFlight can help?

  1. Assist with procedures and policy for teacher and student use of district owned and/or personal equipment.

  2. Help with equipment purchases to meet training objectives for STEM education programs.

  3. Check for additional state and/or local regulations that may be in place and ensure they are included in your district policy if applicable.

  4. Help set up your training programs for district staff to understand Federal Regulations relating to drone use.

  5. Help you implement a Detailed Privacy Policy specific for drone use.

  6. Provide School Resource Officers (SROs) with training on procedures, laws, and enforcement regarding the use of drones on or over school property.


Please feel free to contact: JustinR@Crossflightskysolutions.com or Mark Howard Markh@CrossFlightskysolutions.com for more information on our classes .

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or Drone Training for Educators- Why is this important?

Battery Creek High School- Drone Day Beaufort SC

Battery Creek High School- Drone Day Beaufort SC

Drones is a growing multi-billion dollar industry and they are becoming a normal part of everyday life in some form or fashion. This innovative technology is rapidly becoming involved in many trades and occupations including surveyors, civil engineers, real estate professionals, tower climbers, power-line inspectors, and US Military and other civilian occupations. Students of tomorrow will need to know about drones, airspace, aviation safety, and of course the new world of robotics and technology innovations.

Today most students in junior high and high school have already been flying drones and some are using drones for imaging and drone racing leagues with virtual reality head gear. Students love drones!

Today’s high schools and junior high schools are getting more involved in Science Technology Education and Math (STEM) programs. What better tool to teach students than to safety use drones to teach students about robotics, airspace, aviation, weather, safety, and careers in the aviation and robotics industries.

Educators and School Districts are increasingly more interested in getting drones and aviation programs in their schools without having to make huge investments in airplanes, hangers, and expensive simulators and addressing liability concerns.

What is CrossFlight doing to meet this challenge?

CrossFlight has been reaching out to educators and school districts to explore their needs and we have come up with some insightful solutions and training courses with curriculum that is affordable and address the drone program issues and training needs of educators within the various school districts in the US. We are excited to teach and educate people to operate drones IAW FAA regulations and ensure safety of people and property.

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Let us know if you want to prepare your school teachers for the next generation of learners in an exciting and fun way? Learn more about CrossFlight Sky Solutions!

Please feel free to contact: JustinR@Crossflightskysolutions.com or Brian@CrossFlightskysolutions.com for more information on our classes.

The Sky is No Longer the Limit with Drones!

Drone Safety a NOW Issue

It is quickly becoming apparent that Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Drones are here to stay. Drones are becoming more necessary in many industries in order for these companies to remain competitive.  From package delivery to Aerial video for marketing, movie and film making, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  Drones are used in almost every industry in some form or fashion today. Individuals or companies can purchase a high-end drone for personal use at reasonable prices in SAMS Club, Best Buy, Walmart, and Costco for under $1500.00.  The Military and government use of drones is becoming the primary tool for surveillance and weapons deployment. The cost of a DJI Inspire 1 with High Definition (HD) Video Camera and remote controlled flight is affordable for many people.

The market for drones has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry due to this disruptive technology.  Robotics and remote controlled vehicles and mechanisms are a reality today that was not even feasible in the past decade to consumers and businesses. The federal and state regulations are becoming more and more complex due to safety and privacy concerns.

The problem with drones:  "They can do serious damage to people and property. They even can take down a commercial airliner,helicopter, airplane or injure people or property if not safely operated. Without proper training, people can get into serious trouble with state and federal laws without knowing that they are violation a Regulation or a State or Federal or International Law. Reports of drones impacting commercial aircraft operations are on the rise, with Safety implications that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must address."

So how do we address these safety concerns and problems? 

This is a complex problem that requires several steps and Technology Innovations:   

SOLUTIONS:

EDUCATION & TRAINING: 

1. Deliver UAS FAR 107 Safety Training & Education for Consumers, Government, Industry, and Military.

2. Deliver commercial UAS FAR 107 certification training, with regulatory information for commercial operators.

3. Train on Industry applications and job opportunities with drones.

4. Train people to operate drones safely with hands-on flying.

5. Train Air Traffic Controllers and Pilots about drone operations.

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATIONS:

  • Incorporate shared situational awareness of flight operations for drone pilots and commercial and general aviation pilots- Real-time display of aircraft/drones.

  • Improved conflict detection and avoidance technologies between UAS and other aircraft.

  • Improved sense and avoid airspace and air traffic applications and tools for pilots.

  • Develop Apps to enhance safety of drone operations for operators, educate them about restrictions and use of drones.