Cyberhawk goes back to school to develop industrial training syllabus

Cyberhawk Innovations, a world leader in aerial inspection and survey using UAVs, has been contracted to produce the UK’s first industrial training syllabus for drones in the engineering and construction sectors.

The UAV specialist has announced the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) has recruited the company’s services in order to create a training syllabus that will ensure pilots comply with specific requirements for safely performing complex industrial applications, and creates a consistent standard for engineering and construction companies to build into their operations.

The education materials will include practical flying skills for industrial applications, planning processes, safety management and emergency procedures.

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Cyberhawk’s CEO, Chris Fleming, said: “It is extremely encouraging to see the ECITB understand the role UAVs can play in the engineering and construction industries, but also recognise the importance of safely operating these unmanned aerial systems.

Chris Claydon, chief executive of the ECITB, added: “We are committed to ensuring the engineering construction workforce has the requisite skills to harness powerful new technologies such as drones and use them safely and to the highest standards.

“Technology presents significant opportunities and this is a key area the ECITB is working hard in to ensure that the industry is kept up to date. Cyberhawk was appointed to support us with the development of this particular syllabus thanks to its extensive experience and detailed technical knowledge, and we are excited to start working with them on this important project.”

In 2017, Cyberhawk also played a key role in drafting the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Management Standards and Guidelines, which were produced by Oil & Gas UK in conjunction with a working group.

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  1. At Drone Tech Aerospace Ltd, a world leader in the technology, equipment and processes for drone services in construction and engineering, we welcome setting the bar for safety, quality and reliability higher.

    And indeed it surely needs to be much higher.

    However, the challenge in the industry is to be coordinated and consistent in the setting of regulations, standards and qualifications.

    We now have, as unfortunately is most often the case, multiple organisations acting upon separate, disconnected initiatives all aimed at the same or very similar goals.

    We have the CAA recruiting for a specialist inspector for PfCO commercial drone operators seemingly targeted at inspecting the processes and proficiency of operators beyond the basic PfCO qualification. Additionally we have heard of rumour/discussion of possible additional certifications via the CAA beyond the current PfCO specifications.

    Similarly, several private training companies are now offering additional training courses taking capabilities and processes forward. All of these implementing disparate measures of capability and processes, and few if any endorsed by the main clients of the major industry sectors who represent the customers to be served.

    This presents drone services companies with more headaches rather than solutions.

    Which of the multiple sources of additional qualifications and certifications should be pursued?

    Will each of our major clients end up requiring us to have different qualifications as is already the case with the other HSE and operating certifications that we are already faced with as subcontractors in the industry.

    And a very simple but telling question… who is that oversees these various competing bodies and companies now claiming to be setting these new additional standards. Who is qualified to certify that these organisations themselves have the necessary education, skills, qualifications and experience both technically and commercially to be able to set the required standards, disseminate them, establish a training network, and then supervise oversight of maintenance of and compliance with the standards?

    The strange thing is that with degree qualifications and decades of experience in engineering, now coupled with more than 4 years’ experience in delivering world leading drone services for engineering and construction (including our own proprietary R&D and technology), it’s hard to see that these various organisations will have greater or even equivalent capabilities to our own. Hmmm…

    John Palmer
    Drone Tech Aerospace

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