Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The ability to obtain and process information using emerging technology is a critical asset to the success of any organization. The adaptation of new technology such as small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can potentially transform the way organizations meet their mission requirements as they would have access to aerial data with a cost-effective tool.

Cabezon Group delivers custom solutions that meet mission and budget requirements to the public and private sectors. We place an emphasis on integration, process, and procedure at an organizational and operational level. We have a broad understanding of small UAS capability and operation for a variety of emergency management missions. We have developed working partnerships with leading authorities and organizations within the scientific and engineering communities.

Our list of services includes the following:

Acquisition and Program Development

Selecting the appropriate small UAS for a specific operation can be a critically important decision. While assets are chosen based on their technical features, consideration must be given to their safety and reliability. Our small UAS pilots have years of experience flying a multitude of aircraft. They can offer an objective recommendation based on specific mission requirements.

The development of an all-inclusive small UAS program covering everything from equipment acquisition to data collection can require considerable time and effort. We provide guidance through subject matter experts in commercial aviation, drone law, and public safety.

We develop programs that comply with the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) mandated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for various incident response levels. We also provide guidance on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursement for federally declared incidents. Our services and guidance save organizations attempting to develop their own small UAS program an enormous amount of time and effort.

Operations and Procedures Manuals

Our highly experienced team will develop a comprehensive set of operations and procedures manuals customized to meet the specific requirements of each agency or organization. Our manuals are NIMS compliant and include guidance on the integration of multiple, applicable Incident Command System (ICS) forms and procedural processes. Operations and procedures manuals are the foundation of any UAS program. These manuals are recommended for flight operations, maintenance, training, and unmanned aircraft systems.

A Flight Operations and Procedures Manual (FOPM) will ensure compliance with all federal aviation regulations. The FOPM outlines standard and emergency procedures that must be followed by the flight crew and support personnel in order to maintain regulatory compliance and safe flight operations.

A maintenance manual with an inspection schedule and specific procedures ensures that the highest level of safety and reliability are met. Recordkeeping of documented maintenance and inspections provides a database of empirical evidence defining the condition of safety-critical systems and components supporting the decision to launch.

A training manual defines the skills and practical knowledge that must be demonstrated by the remote pilot in command (RPIC). This manual outlines the minimum requirements and criteria that must be demonstrated for flight proficiency and currency. The training manual must address topics such as aeronautical decision-making and should be amended whenever deficiencies are identified during flight operations.

An Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM), developed for each type of unmanned aircraft system, provides clear and concise preflight and post-flight inspection checklists and emergency procedures.

Legal and Regulatory Compliance

In August 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released new regulations for small UAS operations in both public and private sector. Known as 14CFR, Part 107, these regulations simplified the requirements for small UAS operations and established flight rules and criteria for operator certification. Maintaining compliance with these regulations is critically important. The FAA may take enforcement action against anyone who endangers the safety of the National Airspace System (NAS).

Our team includes a legal advisor specializing in laws and regulations governing small UAS operations and has the ability to navigate complex legal challenges. Certain states have enacted laws governing unmanned aircraft. Counties, cities, and towns are currently regulating drones, creating several layers of restrictions that apply to drone operations.

Part 107 Waivers

FAA part 107 includes the option to apply for a Certificate of Waiver that allows a small UAS operator to deviate from certain restrictions. Cabezon Group experts can assist with the application for a Certificate of Waiver by preparing the Operating Manual and Safety Management System for the following operations:

Aerial Mapping

Advances in technology and the use of small UAS are making aerial mapping possible at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods while revolutionizing the aerial imaging industry.

Mapping data can be an extremely useful tool in the planning, response and recovery phases of emergency operations. Aerial mapping shows the progression of wildfire, floods, and topographic changes caused by earthquakes and storm surges. Multiple images over time can be compared with past images to detect changes that are not visible from the ground.

Cabezon Group offers services in aerial mapping and data collection that meet the specific needs of any organization.

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