Whether you are a Recreational or Commercial Drone Pilot, the thought of including a Field Operations Manual (FOM) as part of your scheduled flight tasks may seem like a very low priority at this stage. We have therefore decided to list a few potentially important points that may shift your thoughts entirely on this subject. So here goes…………….
- The International standards and recommended practices by ICAO as depicted in Annex 6 Appendix 2, supports a safer flight operation through the utilisation of an Operations Manual.
- The FOM supports your efforts at applying a proven risk assessment prior to the commencement of any particular flight.
- You will have the guidelines to support you in obtaining and entering data that supports a more accurate assessment of your intended flight plan/operation.
- These flight plan/operational guidelines include, but are not limited to:
- visual limitations
- flight permissions, and
- published flight documentation.
- The FOM can be applied globally as its content guidelines are not limited to only one specific continent.
- This documented evidence can be used, in turn, to support your application to an insurance company in the event of you ever having to follow this route.
- The FOM is able to serve as a quick reference phase flight checklist.
- It ensures that a flight safety briefing is applied through the guidelines, as listed in a standard FOM template.
- Ensures that the relevant telephone numbers have been obtained and are listed in case of an emergency occurring during any phase of a particular flight operation.
- The FOM serves as a template guideline when considering what will be required to manage a safer flight operation at any chosen location.
In conclusion, you as the Pilot still have the choice to either go ahead with a flight without having done the proper pre-planning for it, or apply your individual or companies FOM and feel more confident about your flight in support of a safer operation. The only question you need to ask yourself now is which route would you prefer to follow?
Think Safety and happy flying.
(P.S. – drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to find out more about the FOM and how it can benefit you and your flight operation)