International UAS solutions provider Aerodyne Group is to partner with the Institute for Drone Technology (IfDT), Australia, to develop a program to recruit, certify and train drone pilots with industry-specific skills and practices.
Aerodyne claims to be experiencing “significant growth and demand” for its services in Australia and globally. In order to maintain its operational standards it has joined forces with IfDT to establish a regional hub for high quality training and professional development of UAS remote pilots.
IfDT is a recognised industry leader and outspoken proponent for the integration of Drone Technology in Australia. IfDT provides solutions for the drone technology industry, as well as being a Commercially Accredited Training Provider of the UAS Remote Pilot’s Licence for the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
The partnership will see IfDT take responsibility for sourcing, recruitment and training of UAS remote pilots to support Aerodyne’s rapid expansion in Australia and globally. By combining Aerodyne’s experience of commercial UAS operations with IfDT’s expertise, the two companies aim to establish the ‘industry-standard’ training and development programme for commercial UAS remote pilots.
This relationship is designed to secure for Aerodyne a steady supply of highly trained and qualified UAS remote pilots for projects in Australia and the many other countries in which it operates.
Kamarul A Muhamed, CEO of the Aerodyne Group, said that the safety, skill and professionalism of Aerodyne’s flight crew (AeroRangers) has been a fundamental part of its journey to become a leading UAS solutions provider.
“As we continue to expand into ever more markets and territories we recognise the importance of maintaining the high standards and dependability that set us apart from our competitors.
“We are very excited by this collaboration with IfDT to recruit and train local graduates in Australia to obtain their UAS Remote Pilot Licence (RePL). They will be equipped with the right industry knowledge to become qualified UAS remote pilots, ready to take up the challenge and work in a high-risk environment. This will be a great opportunity for Australian local graduates to be part of the Drone Economy and earn a good income for themselves.”
Meanwhile, Dr Joel Spencer, CEO of The Institute for Drone Technology, said: “This is an undeniable vote of confidence in the Institute by Aerodyne, and a great illustration of the idea that providing high quality training, aligned to employer’s needs, is still something that can be taken seriously in this industry. While we so often see the erosion of quality training in a number of industry areas, it remains true that providing a high standard of education with a clear employment outcome can be achieved in this sector.”