Delta Drone is a socially responsible company which makes the safety of people and property its top priority.
The Group’s organisation, the technologies it uses and its strictly followed work processes are all implemented with this in mind.
The support subsidiaries
The Ecole Française du Drone (EFD), a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Drone, provides general and specialist training by sector of activity at several training centres in France, focussing on safety rules relating to drone use. All the members of the Delta Drone Network are trained by the EFD and receive regular skills refresher training.
The safety of the technologies used is ensured by both the embedded systems and the related information systems on the ground.
All the drones operated by Delta Drone and the members of the Delta Drone Network have built-in safety features: emergency parachutes in the event of failure, automatic return to base should an incident occur or the drone leave the flight area, recording of all flight parameters during the mission and real-time transmission of critical operating parameters and so on to the ground control station.
The Delta Y (fixed-wing) drone has the world’s only ‘falling leaf’ vertical landing system which ensures precision landing within a radius of 5 metres. A feature which is particularly useful in complex areas such as mines and quarries or large agricultural areas.
Missions are managed using deltadrone Cloud Information System (CIS), an exclusive information system designed and developed by Delta Drone.
deltadrone CIS monitors all the phases of a mission in real time, from site creation through to providing the deliverables to the customer.
Each customer has secure access to deltadrone CIS and a dedicated customer space where they can download mission results (deliverables) at any time.
Delta Drone adheres to a protocol ensuring the traceability of operations throughout the process:
- The customer uses longitude and latitude coordinates to pinpoint the location of the mission. This geolocation data is sent to DSL which pre-approves the mission and specifies any applicable authorisations and dispensations to obtain. This step triggers the ‘site creation’ operation in deltadrone CIS.
- DSL completes the formalities for obtaining the necessary authorisations from the authorities concerned. Meanwhile, the Delta Drone operations department defines the mission schedule (possible dates according to the weather, choice of remote pilot, inclusion of the mission in the post-processing schedule, etc.). Once all of these items have been obtained and filed in deltadrone CIS, the operations department moves onto the ‘mission creation’ operation in deltadrone CIS.
- Assisted by the operations department, the remote pilot creates the necessary flight plans for the mission and uploads them to deltadrone CIS.
- Once all the prerequisites for the correct execution of the mission have been approved, the mission can be authorised in deltadrone CIS, ‘unblocking’ the drone (without this authorisation, a safety system prevents the drone from taking off). DSL informs the local police of the planned mission at least one day in advance. Mission notifications are sent to the DGAC (French civil aviation authority) and any authorities concerned (military, police headquarters, etc.).
- Once the mission is completed, the pilot transmits the acquired data to the post-processing centre in Toulouse via a dedicated secure link. After processing, the post-processing department posts the final result (the deliverable) in the customer’s personal space in deltadrone CIS. The customer can download this information at his convenience.
Safety during acquisition missions
All Delta Drone personnel or people working on behalf of Delta Drone are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) during drone flight missions.
They must also define a safety area for take-off and landing and ensure that it is respected by anyone present at the site.
A ‘mission report’ form will be drawn up for each mission and addressed to DSL, the operations department and, if applicable, the network manager.
In the event of a significant incident, an incident report, attached to the mission report is sent to the DGAC by DSL.
Prevention of risk of misuse
Civil drones for professional use and the associated technologies fall into the category of dual-use goods and products.
They are therefore subject to special export (even if temporary) regulations pertaining to Regulation (EU) No. 388/2012 of the European Parliament and the Council of 19 April 2012 amending Council Regulation (EC) No. 428/2009 setting up a Community regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items.
This regulation, which is applicable within the European Union, extends international agreements under the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (12 May 1996). This multilateral export control regime was set up to coordinate the 41 participating states’ policies relating to the export of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies.
Under this regime, the only obligation is to notify of arms transfers. The decision to transfer is the sole responsibility of the seller.
Among the member states are South Africa, France, Italy, the United States and Switzerland.
In response to the threat of possible misuse of drones for illegal or terrorist purposes, Delta Drone makes an ongoing strong commitment to its customers as described in the following 5 points:
- Drones designed and manufactured by Delta Drone are individually registered and systematically declared to the French authorities and also in all the countries in which we operate (in accordance with local regulations).
- For missions outside France, drones are only sent to the destination once customs formalities have been completed relating to dual-use goods and products.
- Delta Drone affirms that no drone designed and manufactured by the company may be used for purposes other than civilian missions, which must be carried out according to applicable laws and regulations.
- A Delta Drone customer’s image will never be affected by the fraudulent use of a device of the same type as that used for them.
- In the event of a serious incident relating to terrorist, fraudulent or malicious acts, Delta Drone will undertake an intense media battle to defend its ethical position and its customers’ good reputations.