Kittyhawk, the platform designed for safe and effective drone operations, has announced a new Risk Assessment system and workflow that was developed in collaboration with CNN Air to further enhance the company’s commitment to safe and compliant drone operations. CNN Air is CNN’s Aerial Imagery and Reporting group that employs drone unit operators to fully integrate aerial imagery and reporting across all CNN networks and platforms.
Having a record of the risk assessment for the mission, state of the pilot, state of the aircraft, airspace surroundings, and flight conditions are invaluable data points to accompany pilot checklists and flight logs, especially to review any unforeseen events post mission.
“Companies need a clean, standardized method to approve flights and plan their missions,” says Jon Hegranes, CEO & Co-Founder of Kittyhawk. “Kittyhawk Risk Assessments leverage data that Kittyhawk already knows about the pilot, conditions, and location, giving operators a new level of quantifiable awareness to their upcoming flights.”
Similar to traditional log books or spreadsheets, previous risk assessment procedures have been informal, with unstructured qualitative data. Kittyhawk Risk Assessments formalizes this procedure by assigning risk scores and recording the conditions and circumstances surrounding a mission and flight.
Kittyhawk Risk Assessments are based on a scoring system utilizing predictive analytics of prior pilot missions and upcoming flight condition data. They comprise two elements: 1) Initial Risk Assessment, designed to be initiated in the planning phase of a mission to help Chief Pilots gauge the risk of the mission and assess if different pilots or aircraft may be needed given the circumstances, and 2) Preflight Risk Assessment, designed to be taken immediately before takeoff and takes into account more real-time data around airspace and weather, as well as pilot health and well being.
Kittyhawk Risk Assessments are available to Premium customers and reinforce the company’s commitment to enabling safe and compliant operations for its operators, from the individual pilot to the largest commercial fleets in operation today.
Kittyhawk will be exhibiting at Drone World Expo booth #411 and Co-Founder Joshua Ziering will be hosting a panel discussion titled “Profit and Safety – Fast Friends or Bitter Enemies” on Wednesday October 4 at 2:45pm in the Room 1 (210E). You can learn more about Kittyhawk here.