The Drone Safety Handbook

Do you have a drone? Do you use it for Work or Play? Have no idea what the safety requirements are? Then this book is for you!

The Book

The Drone Safety Handbook was developed to provide a one-stop solution towards safer drone operations for all operators of Commercial and Recreational drones. The dialogue is presented in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand format.

Topics covered in the Handbook include:

  • What is a Drone?

  • Drone Histrory

  • Civil Drone Uses

  • Configurations

  • Airspace

  • Terminology

  • Unique Challenges and Risks

  • Regulations and Regulators

  • What is Safety?

  • Risk Assessment

  • Commercial Drone Risk Assessment

  • Recreational Drone Risk Assessment

  • Experimental Drone Risk Assessment

  • Safety Templates

  • Airspace

  • Drone Test Sites

... and more!

The book centres on the development of practical methods to improve the safety of drone operations, including (but not limited to) the formulation of Risk Assessments and the development of Safety Cases for Commercial and Experimental drone operations. Practical guidelines for safer Recreational drone flight are also provided.

To order a copy, please click on one of the three buttons below. You will then be directed to the website of our Publisher or to where you will be given the choice to order a hardcopy (in paperback or hard cover) or an e-book. Prices are as reflected on the relevant website.



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As with any aviation venture, drone safety is underscored by administration and paperwork. In fact, most of the safety assessment outcomes in the Handbook lead to the development of checklists and other vital safety documentation. To help you with this, we have developed a set of intuitive and easy-to-edit Templates to help define your Scope of Operations, identify operational hazards, develop mitigations for undesirable risk levels, prepare for a task, do a site assessment, log maintenance actions, and more.

Once completed, the results may be self-applied or submitted to a national Aviation Regulator to help obtain specific flight clearances, as required.


The old MS Word and Excel-based Templates are a thing of the past. We are in the process of developing a brand new set on online Templates that will simplify completion, facilitate cloud-based storage with the ability to recall and edit previously-entered data, develop comprehensive risk assessments and prepare risk reports with the click of a button.

The following Templates will be offered, once the new site has been completed.

For Commercial Drone Operations:

  • Your Scope of Operations

  • Flight Planning Checklist

  • Site Survey Checklist

  • Pre-Flight Checklist

  • After-Flight Checklist

  • Flight Folio

  • Emergency Checklist

  • Preventive Maintenance Log

  • Corrective Maintenance Log

  • Upgrade & Modification Log

  • Failure Recording Log

  • The Operating Organisation

  • Comprehensive Risk Assessment Tool

  • Special Safety Precautions Log

  • Safety Statement Form

  • Safety Case Outline

  • Safety Case Checklist

For Experimental Drone Operations:

  • Safety Footprint

For Recreational Drone Operations:

  • Recreational Flight Checklist

More information will be provided here as this new project progresses.


The Author


Andre Meredith matriculated in 1989 from the Technical High School, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He joined the South African Air Force and completed his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 1994. He then embarked on a long and diversified career in the SAAF, serving as an engineering officer and performing tasks ranging from design, to project engineering, system engineering and finally certification of military air systems.

It was during his tenure as Chief System Engineer that he became interested in drones, and embarked on a process which eventually culminated in the completion of a Master of Science in Engineering degree at the University of Stellenbosch with research into the feasibility of utilising large unmanned aircraft systems for long range maritime search and rescue.

His fascination with drones continued into his tenure as Chief Certification Officer, where he (and his team of engineers) oversaw the certification of various military air systems destined for SAAF operational employment, as well as many military air systems being developed by South African Defence Industry. It was here where he started developing the essential skills required for safety oversight and certification of military drones.

One of his major projects was the provisioning of services towards the certification of the Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 UAS. The 9-year project culminated in the Type Certification of the Seeker 400 System, which at the time was only the second Type Certified UAS in the world. During his tenure in the SAAF, Andre oversaw and provided guidance on the technical safety of many other military and state-operated UAS. He also wrote the policy for the regulation of military UAS in the South African Department of Defence, and served as the military UAS advisor on the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association of South Africa (AMD) UAV Forum.

In addition to his military duties Andre also spent some time as an Air Certification Consultant to the Private Sector, providing guidance to operators of commercial drones to enable them to apply for technical clearance certificates. In this capacity Andre not only provided guidance, but also developed and completed Safety Cases and developed Safety Management System manuals on behalf on commercial drone operators. It was during this time where the need for guidance to commercial drone operators on matters concerning safety and risk was identified, hence the birth of this book.

The author is a firm believer in team work (no single person knows everything) and therefore acknowledgement cannot be attributed to the author alone in recognition of the work within this book; in fact, it has been a collaborate effort involving many people over the course of more than 24 years – a work which will certainly continue well into the future.