Book review: Read Before Flight


The drone industry has come far in the past few years and even months. But what it still lacks? A standard set of operating procedures.

How do we train large-scale UAV teams? What risk management procedures should be established? How should we handle nighttime operations?

Nicholas Damron’s “Read Before Flight” acknowledges and provides solutions to the questions essential to a major drone operation.

Damron comes from a military background with more than eight years experience as an Active Duty and National Guard Soldier who built and managed UAS training and operational programs. He writes a book based on real experience.

Just as commercial drones grew out of military use, it only makes sense that the laws and operational procedures would grow out of the military’s use as well. Damron’s book is the first to make sense of that.

For a guidebook that’s so light (just 61 pages), its value is deep. Packed with infographics outlining everything from risk management procedures to how to fill out a flight log, this is a valuable book for commercial drone operators — and even more looking to build a large-scale team. His book is a $10 solution to the lack of training courses out there for drones.

But its not just the high-tech operations that could benefit from a bit of deep reading about drone regulation.

The book’s cover is adorned in the style of a DJI Phantom, a nod to the fact that regulations and standard procedures are not just for the military or commercial set, but the everyday pilot.

“Read Before Flight” is a set of military insights applicable to hobbyist looking to distinguish themselves as educated, judicious pilots and larger operations looking to establish professional standards within their organization.

His book is available on for $9.99.

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  • Commercial drones didn’t really grow out of military use, they came from the total opposite end of the spectrum, rising originally from the toy and hobby industry.

    • Nicholas says:

      Great point, but a little misleading still. Commercial quad copters did come from the toy industry but commercial “drones” such as large scale fixed wing air vehicles used to monitor pipelines and in the precision ag industry did actually evolve from many military applications like the Shadow 200 or the Scan Eagle. It is hard to un-blur the line of what is being called a drone and what is not anymore but great point; quad copters did evolve from hobby industry…

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