Commercial drone pilots earning their wings should go above and beyond the CAA’s minimum requirements to secure a place in the market, one industry expert has claimed.
Consortiq’s CEO Paul Rigby told Commercial Drone Professional that the entry level to the commercial UAV sector is a low bar and pilots should look to gain more experience to become credible operators.
He said: “Some people will claim there’s no standard but there is a standard because to get a national qualified entity approval you obviously have to meet the requirements of the CAA, they set what that minimum is. But obviously as a company you don’t set out to provide the minimum, you try to exceed your customers’ expectations.
“It’s quite easy for anyone to make out that they’re an expert, just because they have got what is a very entry level qualification, and there is nothing else really to back it up with. A group of organisations working together would be hopefully able to set a standard to say if you’re an instructor delivering on this course you should have X minimum number of years. At the moment that standard is quite wide.”
Rigby added that qualified entities, which are all regulated under the same standard set by the CAA, should also avoid using low price points as a means of differentiating themselves from competitors.
“But obviously as a company you don’t set out to provide the minimum, you try to exceed your customers’ expectations and give them the best possible chance for success, so everyone tries to outdo each other.
“Everyone is saying ‘we can do the course quicker’ and ‘our course is better quality’ ‘we’ll teach you more about this’ and actually for those people and organisations that perhaps aren’t as innovative at creating higher quality, they just try to compete on price. Obviously all the reports that exist would suggest that is a losing strategy if your only USP is a lower price,” explained Rigby.