NATS and Sky-Futures unite to deliver commercial drone pilot training across the UK

One of the UK’s leading drone-based inspection services and training companies has partnered with national air traffic control provider NATS, to roll out a nationwide initiative.

Sky-Futures has confirmed it has signed a deal with NATS in a bid to ‘change the landscape of drone training in the UK’ by delivering expert training to the burgeoning commercial drone sector and the emergency services.

As businesses and public services increasingly seek to embrace the benefits of drone technology, the NATS and Sky-Futures partnership will deliver tailored, scenario-based training that will aim to set a new standard for the UK.

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As well as online theory training about aviation law and responsible flying, students will receive advanced training on how to safely operate a drone in scenarios that closely match their own working environment.

Customers will be trained at the Sky-Futures Training Academy (SFTA) near Oxford as well as at NATS operational centres in Swanwick and Prestwick.

Facilities at the SFTA include a ship, railway line, motorway, oil rig, metal towers and commercial buildings.

James Cranswick, NATS’ drones business manager, said: “We recognise drones have huge potential to deliver benefits across society and to our economy and, by partnering with Sky-Futures, we can offer commercial drone operators the all-round training necessary for the drone industry to flourish safely alongside the traditional aviation industry.”

Sky-Futures co-founder, chief regulatory and training officer and a qualified commercial airline pilot, Nick Rogers, added: “The combined strengths of Sky-Futures and NATS form the basis of a market-leading training partnership. Together, we will work to further improve the standard of commercial drone pilot training and ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of this exciting industry.”

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