A Cambridgeshire-based drone specialist has celebrated its first cohort of UAV students gaining their wings.
Ely Aviation Drone Academy, the training branch of Ely Aviation, has passed its first candidates on the 3iC Remote Pilot Authorisation course. The students are now able to apply to the Civil Aviation Authority to become fully-fledged commercial drone pilots.
Managing director and instructor, Ian Titchener, said: “Our workflow is unique. We have delegates moving through our suite of training programmes who have never flown before.
“We offer an introductory workshop that prepares new drone users to fly by giving them an awareness of what constitutes good airmanship, they can then if they wish move on to our intensive 3iC course, that includes 12-15 hours of video, two days of ground school and of course the final assessments needed to qualify, in fact many of them have now already begun their journey towards becoming fully fledged #commercial drone pilots”
He continued “We also offer a range of courses for already qualified pilots, delivered by experts in their field in the area of aerial surveying, sales and marketing and photography, teaching them how to actually make the most of the camera they have just put in the air.”