NATS and Sky-Futures, a leader in commercial drone-based inspection services and training, have announced they are a stone’s throw away from officially launching their new partnership.
The two companies are preparing to take off with their strategic framework and are holding an official partnership launch event on May 15.
The partnership, which was first announced earlier this year, will look to ‘change the landscape of drone training in the UK’.
The launch day, taking place at the Sky-Futures Training Academy in Gloucestershire, will feature various drone strategy workshops, live demos showcasing emergency services and enterprise scenarios and presentations by special guests from industry, governmental and regulatory bodies.
As businesses and public services increasingly seek to embrace the benefits of drone technology, the NATS/Sky-Futures partnership will deliver tailored, scenario-based training that will aim to set a new standard for the UK.
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 – a customer who inspects transmission towers, for example, will be trained how to prepare for this type of operation and how to use a drone as an inspection tool.
James Cranswick, NATS’ drones business manager, said: “This is an exciting development that takes us closer to safely realising the potential of this emerging industry in the UK.
“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.”
The event is on invite-only and seats are limited. If you are interested in attending, please contact the event organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.