Canadian Drone Services – Options, Pros and Cons

Canadian Drone Services – Options, Pros and Cons

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Canadian Drone Services

Options, Pros and Cons

As drone services become more and more prevalent, how do you plan on leveraging this innovative new technology for your business?

Canadian Drone Services

Are you looking to add drone services to your offerings? Want to include aerial data in your products or services? There are a few ways to bring the value of drone services to your clients. Let’s explore the pros and cons of each!

 

In-house Drone Pilots

Piloting your company’s own drones sounds like a great (and fun!) opportunity at first blush. Like many new technology adoptions, there’s a bit more to it than just acquiring the new tech, though.

In Canada, drone pilots will need a certification in most cases which may be a great benefit you can offer to your employees! Aside from the time and effort required in getting certified, expect to also need to spend on related gear (vests, cones, emergency equipment) in addition to the drone itself! Remember too – it’s one thing to know how to fly a drone and a whole other to know how to collect reliable, quality data! You’ll likely want training beyond the basics to scale your drone services.

Pros

  • Pilot certification as a continued learning opportunity
  • Flexibility

Cons

  • Investment in aircraft (and other gear)
  • Time and resource investment in training
  • Worker flying drones means other work not getting done

 

Contracted Drone Pilots

Hiring certified drone pilots is another way to add aerial drone services to your portfolio. The benefits here include not needing to invest time, effort or money in sourcing a drone, training or any of the related gear. You also won’t need to worry about getting employees trained and certified!
Challenges arise though in first finding qualified drone pilots and then ensuring they’re up to your standards! Will the same pilot be available to fly your jobs regularly? Will they be able to provide repeatable results? Can they prioritize your work when you need them to? Do you have to pay out the nose to get the answers you want to those questions?

Pros

  • No hardware purchases
  • No pilot certifications required

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Quality assurance
  • Inconsistencies

 

Remote Pilot Network (RPN) Pilots

RPN pilots come vetted by industry experts to ensure their capabilities. Not only are they certified, but they’re supported by comprehensive end-to-end software that enables scalable, repeatable, and quality data to be captured when you need it, as often as you need it. There’s no need to purchase drones, training or other equipment to create a drone services program within your organization!
While your employees might have liked to have company-sponsored training provided, they’ll certainly appreciate being able to focus on their regular job and initiatives, knowing they have access to the aerial drone data they need.

Pros

  • No hardware purchases
  • No pilot certifications required
  • Repeatable and scalable
  • Vetted pilots

Con

  • Employees not certified

 

Join our nation-wide network of drone pilots and clients with the RPN – a collaboration between Coastal Drone Co and Spexi Geospatial. Click to read on to find out more information about the Remote Pilot Network and how you can begin leveraging the largest system of pilots to do work for your business.

Coastal Drone launches Canada’s first Remote Pilot Network, connecting businesses with drone pilots and aerial data.

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Coastal Drone launches Canada’s first Remote Pilot Network, connecting businesses with drone pilots and aerial data.

Coastal Drone launches Canada’s first Remote Pilot Network, connecting businesses with drone pilots and aerial data.

Vancouver (06/11/2021) Coastal Drone Co, a part of the Westlund Group of Companies, in partnership with Spexi Geo have launched Canada’s first Remote Pilot Network (The RPN \ remotepilotnetwork.ca) on June 10th 2021.

On June 1st, 2019 Transport Canada enacted new regulations for flying drones in Canada requiring all pilots of drones weighing over 250g to acquire a pilot certificate. Coastal Drone has become one of Canada’s leaders in the drone education space training thousands of registered students in less than 2 years to pass their Transport Canada drone pilot certification requirements. The company was founded by Kate Klassen, Alec Wilson, Adam Besse and Vancouver entrepreneur Andrew Westlund in 2016. The company originally was founded to service the growing demand for professional drone consulting but transitioned to also include online training as its primary service offering. It has now expanded into an additional vertical; connecting drone pilots with clients and assisting in delivering valuable data, quickly and in an optimized manner.

 “Throughout our work in the sector, we have assisted in educating so many drone pilots who have the desire to utilize their skills to earn additional income. As we grew our presence and authority in the Canadian Drone sector, naturally clients were coming to us for consulting, education, and feet-on-the ground related drone services. It just made sense for us to develop a network of our best pilots and connect them with some of Canada’s leading businesses. We worked hand in hand with our partners at Spexi Geo to deliver a technical solution that solves so many problems for both pilots and their clients” said Alec Wilson, Coastal Drone’s President. 

Not every pilot will be accepted into the RPN. Coastal Drone’s launch into the market is focusing on ensuring educated pilots who have trained through their programs and have passed all necessary exams with Transport Canada have the opportunity to work with the business community and network Coastal Drone has developed throughout the years. The RPN doesn’t function as a marketplace, but rather an operational hub that assists with technology, client relations and ensuring the right pilots are on the right jobs.

“We know thousands of flights are happening across Canada, and we know that both clients and pilots were experiencing problems. Our job at Coastal was to solve that problem and we believe we have. We believe that we are going to not only assist our clients in acquiring high quality data, but also help pilots increase their personal income”, said Andrew Westlund, the CEO and Founder of Coastal Drone & The Westlund Group of Companies.

Pilots and Businesses can learn more about the RPN here:

https://remotepilotnetwork.ca/

 

About the Westlund Group of Companies and Coastal Drone Co

Andrew Westlund founded Apex Wireless, one of Canada’s leading wireless dealers 20 years ago and grew the group of companies to 12. The diverse group also includes Sky Helicopters, Vinyl Labs, Agency Media, Your Workspace (The Westlund Building), Fluid Spa, Apex 365, and Designed By Agency. Coastal Drone Co has become Canada’s go to source for drone regulation information with pilots Alec Wilson (Drone & Helicopter pilot) and Kate Klassen (Drone & Airplane Pilot) leading the team. The company offers free webinars and Q&A’s on social media so that Canada’s Drone Pilots can connect, have their questions answered and fully understand Canada’s legislation when it comes to piloting drones.

 

More information about Coastal Drone Co can be found at www.coastaldrone.co

 

Media contact

Ian Wills
Business Development
[email protected]

 

 

7: Episode 7 – Starting Your Own Drone Company

7: Episode 7 – Starting Your Own Drone Company

In episode 7, Coastal Drone’s president Alec Wilson sits down (virtually) with Ali Miri, the Co-Founder & CEO of UAViation to discuss the process of starting a successful drone company. The two industry experts also discuss their thoughts on the future of the sector and potential opportunity for enthusiasts and professional pilots.

Understanding Drone Insurance

Understanding Drone Insurance

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Understanding Drone Insurance

with help from our friends at SkyWatch

As you begin building your business, drone insurance will become an important asset as it will protect you, your equipment, and your investment. Unlike other types of coverage, activating, and managing drone insurance is easier than ever.

Establishing yourself as a commercial drone pilot means being professional, detail and safety-oriented. After you’ve invested in your training and drone gear, and you will begin getting hired for jobs in which you will have to specifically prepare and plan for each mission. But (as many drone professionals know) no amount of time spent planning a mission can prepare you properly for a drone accident if you don’t have a liability policy to cover you or your customer’s loss. 

Luckily, today more than ever, drone insurance is simple, intuitive, and easy to manage. Before seamlessly activating your drone insurance policy, it is important to first understand the following basic key terms and concepts.

Here are all the important definitions that can help you understand what is included in your insurance policy:

*Please note: the following glossary is according to SkyWatch.AI Drone Insurance Policies.

Coverage Breakdown

Aviation Liability Insurance

A portion of the insurance policy which provides coverage against physical or property damage to a third party entity caused by drone operations.

Hull Insurance

An optional portion of the insurance policy which provides physical damage coverage to the drone in use. Includes drone loss, theft, flyaway, disappearance.

Aviation insurance provides the following types of liability coverages: 

  • Property Damage: Liability protection for physical damage to property caused by a pilot’s operations 
  • Bodily Injury: Liability protection against physical damage or trauma to an individual resulting from an accident by the drone pilot
  • Personal injury: Liability for an injury to an individual arising from libel, slander, invasion of privacy, etc. 

Liability limits range anywhere from $100,000 to $5,000,000. Canadian Drone regulations state that you must be certified for all drone operations, including recreational and commercial flights. When it comes to activating an insurance policy above $2M in liability, you will be asked to confirm that you have the required Pilot certificates for performing commercial RPAS operations. Secondly, while hull insurance is an optional coverage, it is only available for annual insurance policies and cannot be purchased short term, i.e by the hour or month. 

*Note that Aviation Liability insurance includes coverage specifically to your drone operations – which is not always covered by standard General Liability policies.

 

Certificates and Documentation

After purchasing drone insurance you want to make sure you are provided with two essential documents. First, you need a policy document which declares all the conditions, specific coverages, and exclusions. Secondly, a Certificate of Insurance (COI) will serve as proof of coverage for clients and local authorities. The COI is a flexible working tool that can be modified during the policy period to include your additional insured as well as the specific language required by certain clients.

Coverage Details 

Insurance jargon can be confusing. In order to simplify this, we’ve gathered some of the most frequently used terms in drone insurance policies to make sure you truly understand what it’s all about.

Additional Insured
An individual, business, co-pilot or entity that is added to the policy in order to be protected by the drone pilot’s insurance policy
Certificate of Insurance (COI)
A legal document providing important coverage details and serves as proof of coverage. This document is produced immediately after activating your policy.
Claim
An incident submitted by the drone pilot to the insurance company which needs to be covered for a loss.
Your Coverage Duration
The time period in which the policy is active. Hourly policies provide coverage for a given time of day at an hourly rate while monthly/annual policies provide longer coverage periods. While policies can be pre-booked for a future date it is important to make sure that the coverage duration is stated clearly on your policy and COI.
Your Title Deductible
A portion of the loss in which the drone pilot will be expected to pay in the event that a claim is filed.
Endorsement
Upon making changes to an active insurance policy, an endorsement is used as a legal extension to prove that the contract has been amended.  

For example, if you add hull coverage midway through your policy period, a new endorsement with the drone details will be produced and attached to the original policy.

Liability limit
The maximum limit for which an insurance policy will provide liability coverage.

The limit you select should be based on the requirements of your client, or the risk associated for your operation. The bigger the production, the bigger the risk. The most standard liability policy is the $1,000,000 limit; however, it is important that each pilot considers the risk of his/her operations and chooses the liability accordingly.

Name Insured
The person(s) to whom the policy is issued. 

The name insured can also be the name of your business. If the named insured is your company’s name, then any employee of that company will be included under the policy.

On-Demand Policy
A type of policy that can be activated at any time.
Premium
A total payment or a periodic portion of it which is used to keep the policy active over time.

For drone insurance policies, there are separate premiums. Every drone insurance policy will include a premium for the liability portion. Other coverages, such as optional hull insurance, will have an additional premium to be paid.

Waiver of Subrogation
A legal waiver that states the name insured has waived the rights of the insurance company to seek compensation for losses paid to the third party.

Often times clients will request that pilots provide this specific waiver when conducting operations on their behalf. This waiver will be required in order to get some operations approved.

Often times clients will request that pilots provide this specific waiver when conducting operations on their behalf. This waiver will be required in order to get some operations approved. 

More definitions can be found online at SkyWatch.AI’s drone insurance dictionary.

When working in a fast-paced environment such as the drone industry, the insurance demands and requirements are ever-changing. For this reason, drone insurance is designed to be flexible. As clients needs’ change, pilots can always modify and manage their insurance.

For more information visit https://www.skywatch.ai/ca/home

The SkyWatch.AI support team is happy to help you get your policy activated and answer any questions you may have at any time.

1-888-364-5033 

[email protected]

Coastal Drone Co launches Drone Training  to Best Buy Canada Ltd Customers.

Coastal Drone Co launches Drone Training  to Best Buy Canada Ltd Customers.

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Coastal Drone Co launches Drone Training  to Best Buy Canada Ltd Customers.

(Vancouver, BC) 07/10/2020 – Coastal Drone Co, a part of the Westlund Group of Companies, have partnered with Best Buy Canada to offer “Drone Pilot Ground School | Basic” to all Best Buy Canada drone customers going forward. This innovative initiative will serve a growing community of drone hobbyists and professional pilots in Canada. 

On June 1st, 2019 Transport Canada enacted new regulations for flying drones in Canada requiring all pilots of drones weighing over 250g to acquire a pilot certificate. Coastal Drone has become one of Canada’s leaders in the drone education space training thousands of registered students in less than 2 years to pass their Transport Canada drone pilot certification requirements. The company was founded by Kate Klassen, Alec Wilson, Adam Besse and Vancouver entrepreneur Andrew Westlund in 2016. The company originally was founded to service the growing demand for professional drone consulting but transitioned to also include online training as its primary service offering.

“Partnering with Best Buy Canada was the right decision for Coastal Drone Co.” said Alec Wilson, Coastal Drone’s President. He continued, “We know that there is a growing ecosystem of pilots throughout Canada who partake in piloting drones for both personal and professional use. One of our passions at Coastal Drone is to educate pilots and connect them to the industry. Drone Pilot Certificates have become mandatory for drones over 250g, and the testing process isn’t easy. We want to make sure we provide pilots with as much value as possible and create a safe, and legal drone industry in Canada. Offering our “Drone Pilot Ground School | Basic” course to Best Buy Canada customers enables us to extend our reach to provide thousands of drone pilots with education and training”.

The online course offered at Best Buy covers the knowledge areas Transport Canada expects Basic Certified pilots to understand and apply to their flights. It also serves as an excellent primer on airspace, regulation, the aircraft, the environment and the human factors that are essential for any pilot to know to keep their drone flying safer, and longer. Coastal Drone also offers courses to aid in exam preparation, operational procedure development and advanced certification training which will be retailed at Best Buy in-store and online.

About the Westlund Group of Companies and Coastal Drone Co

Andrew Westlund founded Apex Wireless, one of Canada’s leading wireless dealers 20 years ago and grew the group of companies to 12. The diverse group also includes Sky Helicopters, Vinyl Labs, Agency Media, Your Workspace, Fluid Spa and Apex Managed It. Coastal Drone Co has become Canada’s go to source for drone regulation information with pilots Alec Wilson (Drone & Helicopter pilot) and Kate Klassen (Drone & Airplane Pilot) leading the team. The company offers free webinars and Q&A’s on social media so that Canada’s Drone Pilots can connect, have their questions answered and fully understand Canada’s legislation when it comes to piloting drones.