EXCLUSIVE: Rusta reveals strategy for capturing UK’s university market

Lincolnshire-based drone pilot training academy Rusta has revealed details of its business strategy after it announced a new partnership with the Wolverhampton University.

The two-year contract for the Remote Pilot Certificate SUAS (RPCS) course, which is Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)-approved, leads to Permission for Commercial Operations status – providing commercial drone pilots with the skills and qualification to operate safely and legally in UK airspace.

The course has been delivered for the past year on an informal partnership basis with partner, Rusta UAV Training Professionals and members from City of Wolverhampton Council’s Schools Technology Support Centre have benefited from training as well as companies from the agriculture sector.

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Rusta’s managing director Sion Roberts revealed however, that entering universities couldn’t be a sudden roll out.

He told Commercial Drone Professional: “This is exactly that ambition we understand we can’t go straight into the faculties, but this is a start and will help us to progress in to that desirable route.

“[The company hope to develop the project] by an increased marketing strategy and public awareness campaign to ensure more candidates on our courses.”

He added that one of the main challenges in reaching this point in the business has been balancing the university projects alongside its other focuses.

Roberts said: “With busy schedules due to the increase in the UAV industry sometimes it has been tricky to be in phase with one another.”


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