Pioneers in safety
"SafeDrone by Lufthansa Technik" minimizes risks for pilots and drones
Propellers are swarming the skies in increasing numbers: Remote-controlled drones were a popular Christmas gift for hobby pilots, and what's more, increasing numbers of professional providers have also discovered drones as a source of new business ideas. Unmanned aviation is currently experiencing an unbelievable boom – and there's no end in sight by any means. Reputable stakeholders from sectors such as aviation, insurance, logistics and IT are surpassing themselves already with their growth predictions. Yet while manned aviation is meanwhile thoroughly regulated and safer than ever thanks to processes developed over decades, many safety and quality questions in unmanned aviation still remain unanswered.
"SafeDrone by Lufthansa Technik" was launched in 2017 to minimize the uncertainties and risks involved in unmanned aviation. It is an open and completely transparent platform that will gradually provide all market players with direct access to recognized standards for technology, quality and safety. "SafeDrone" fulfills current legal requirements or sets practical standards where no guidelines exist yet. Lufthansa Technik is pursuing an open collaboration with providers from the industry to continually improve and expand the program's portfolio.
A basic package is currently available free of charge to organizations and drone pilots and their aircraft that allows them to register and become qualified as well as certified under the SafeDrone Code of Conduct. Participants receive training and are sensitized for safe and responsible use of their drones, but they also become part of the "SafeDrone" community, which already has several thousand members and is committed to ensuring safety and ongoing education in flying drones.
In addition to a comprehensive introduction to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), components, flight and control fundamentals, meteorology, aerodynamics and flight safety, at "SafeDrone" drone pilots will ultimately also be awarded a safe flyer certificate. The online training contents were compiled by experts at Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Aviation Training under consideration of the requirements of various regional aviation authorities. Moreover, all registered providers and drone pilots receive a drone identification plate, access to checklists and the latest information as well as premium discounts when taking out liability insurance for their drones or services. The basic package will be extended continually to meet the needs of discerning and professional users with the inclusion of additional components such as a training platform or certification services.
As a quality, risk, certification and registration management system, "SafeDrone" is the first of several business models offered by Lufthansa Technik on the topic of unmanned aircraft systems: Additional services are already planned in the area of drone maintenance, repair and availability that aim to safeguard the technical operation of future drone fleets. Lufthansa Technik can thus offer its extensive expertise as a leading MRO company in civil aviation to market players in unmanned aviation too.