Do you, or have you used Drones/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles?
If so, do you / did you use an external company?
If so, could you possibly provide the name of the company?
Do you know what model(s) of drone were / are used?
What has been your annual spend on the use of drones (please break down by financial year) for the last three full financial years?
Do you own / have you owned any drones?
If so could you please provide details; volumes, make and model info?
Do you have any maintenance contracts / agreements? If so, could you please provide details?
What is your annual spend on drones (if possible broken down by hire cost, training costs, maintenance, external contracts)
Do you have any staff trained to fly / operate drones?
If so, could you please provide details of the training they have received (company used, qualification obtained)?
If so, who wrote the operational manuals?
Do they have any annual refresher training?
Could you please provide contact details for the member of staff responsible for drone operation.
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