1st Edition

Managing Safety in the Drone Industry A Practical Guide

By Geoff Bain, Mark Blaney Copyright 2025
    224 Pages 71 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The drone industry is one of the most exciting and dynamic sectors in the modern world, growing and developing at an exponential pace. As usage numbers grow and technological sophistication advances, their future development and application are only limited by our imagination. Managing Safety in the Drone Industry: A Practical Guide has been written with the aim of helping those involved in drone operations to develop safety structures and practices capable to tackle the increased risk of accidents and incidents as more drones of various sizes begin to fill our skies.

    This book is designed to suggest practical guidelines for managing safety primarily for the new drone industry particularly those of a safety-critical nature. Based upon the author’s 50 years’ of experience in the aviation industry, this book uses tried-and-tested best practices and current aviation principles adapted to drones and attempts to predict the trends of evolution which are believed to become mandatory regulations in the future. Real-life case studies are aligned with the text. Written in a style adopting short and succinct chapters, this guide will allow the reader a thorough overview of drone safety and the future trends that the industry will face.

    This book is an ideal read for any professional working in a safety-critical industry needing practical guidance on drones or manned aviation. It will particularly appeal to those in aviation, health and safety, logistics, business and management and any industry using or considering the use of drone technology for their operations.


    Author Introduction                                                                                                                           

    Co Author Introduction                                                                                      

    Target Audience and Overview                                                                                                      



    Acronyms and Abbreviations                                                                                                          


    Part One Integrated Safety Management Systems                                                            

    Chapter 1 –   Safety Management Systems Overview 

    Chapter 2 -    Safety Policy and Objectives   

    Chapter 3 - Safety Risk Management  

    Chapter 4 -   Safety Assurance and Compliance   

    Chapter 5 -    Safety Promotion                                                                                                         

    Part Two – Human Factors

    Chapter 6 - Human Factors (HF), Crew Resource Management (CRM), Team Resource  Management (TRM).

    Chapter 7 – The Basic Cognitive Functions                                                                                                                                             

    Chapter 8 – The Social Skills                                    

     Chapter 9 – The Practical Application                                                                        

    Chapter 10 – The Wellness Skills                                                                               

    Chapter 11 – The Assessment Proces

    Chapter 12 – Job Specific Human Factors                                                                                                                                         

    Part Three – Accident /Incident Investigation/ Case Studies                                                                                     

    Chapter 13 - Accident / Incident Investigation /Case Studies Overview      

    Part Four  – Education                                                                                                                                

    Chapter 14 – Teaching and Learning                                                                                  

    Part Five  – Leadership and Management                                                                             

    Chapter 15 - Leadership and Management  

    Part Six – Practical Application in the RPAS (Drone) Industry                                                       

    Chapter 16 - RPAS Operational Oversight                                                                       

    Chapter 17 – Understanding the importance of UAS Maintenance                                                                          

    Chapter 18 - Organising a Flight Safety Meeting                                                                         

    Chapter 19 - Flight Readiness Review                                                                                   

    Chapter 20 - Future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems                                                          

    Chapter 21 – Preparing an Operational Safety Case

    Chapter 22 -- Understanding the Auditing Process for UAS Operators                       

    Part Seven - Research   

    Chapter 23 - DRONOTS                                                                                                           

    Chapter 24 - Using the COM – B method for influencing behaviour change in training.    

    Part Eight – Resources, Links and Recommendations                                                                     



    Geoff Bain is a retired Airline Training Captain and Flight Simulator Instructor, with 55 years’ experience flying worldwide on 32 different aircraft types and totalling 16,500 hours. He now delivers Human Factors and Safety Management System training for all industries. He specialises in unmanned aerial vehicles, fixed wing and rotary operations developing training programmes.

    Mark Blaney has worked in the UAS industry since 2008. Initially a Military UAV Operator and Intelligence Analyst in the Royal Artillery, Mark operated the Hermes 450 Tactical UAV, and deployed to Afghanistan twice in this role. After leaving the British Army in 2014, Mark then worked as a Chief Remote Pilot for a UK-based fixed-wing drone manufacturer. Since 2015 Mark has been employed as an RPAS Instructor, firstly at a National Qualified Entity (NQE) in South Wales, and since 2020 by the Recognised Assessment Entity (RAE) heliguy™. Mark took on the role of Head of Training for heliguy in 2021 and recently moved into the Accountable Manager role. In his time at heliguy™, Mark has written and developed training course content, most notably the TQUK Level 5 Award for UAS Operations Managers.