Drones seed­ing our fu­ture

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - LOCAL LIVING -

Did you know if you fly a drone or a re­motely pi­loted air­craft (RPA) com­mer­cially in Aus­tralia, out­side the ex­cluded cat­e­gory, you need to be li­censed by the Civil Avi­a­tion Safety Au­thor­ity (CASA)?

So, how do you get a Re­mote Pi­lot Li­cence?

You need to un­der­take a course with a CASA ap­proved RPAS Train­ing Provider cov­er­ing both the­ory and prac­ti­cal com­po­nents.

This train­ing is now pro­vided by The In­sti­tute for Drone Tech­nol­ogy through the Cen­tre of Drone Ex­cel­lence at Lard­ner Park.

Us­ing the re­cently re­vamped CASA en­dorsed guide­lines and syl­labus, com­ple­tion of this course will pro­vide a vast ar­ray of ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for grad­u­ates across a va­ri­ety of in­dus­try sec­tors, in­crease fly­ing skills and knowl­edge for those al­ready us­ing a drone, and (with a Re­mote Op­er­a­tor’s Cer­tifi­cate) bring drone op­er­a­tional use in­side your or­gan­i­sa­tion rather than via third party en­gage­ment.

Drones are an in­te­gral part of the fu­ture and are de­liv­er­ing enor­mously pos­i­tive im­pacts to farm­ers and agribusi­ness operators, emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel, trades and con­struc­tion in­dus­tries, to name a few.

The emerg­ing market for busi­ness ser­vices us­ing drones is val­ued at over US$127 bil­lion as pro­jected by Price­wa­ter­house­Coo pers so for those who are bud­ding en­trepreneurs, own­ing and op­er­at­ing a drone has the po­ten­tial to be­come a lu­cra­tive busi­ness op­por­tu­nity just wait­ing to be ex­ploited.

Lard­ner Park and The In­sti­tute of Drone Tech­nol­ogy es­tab­lished the Cen­tre of Drone Ex­cel­lence (CoDE), the first of its kind in the Asia Pa­cific re­gion.

The CoDE will be­come home to all things drone in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing, drone camps for teens, busi­ness to busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, es­tab­lished hubs of drone re­lated de­vel­op­ment and R&D, and a cen­tralised fo­cal point for drone knowl­edge man­age­ment.

If you are in­ter­ested in drones and would be keen to know more, in­clud­ing the ex­cit­ing cour­ses on of­fer, please con­tact 1800 515 368, email cour­ses@dronetechi nsti­tute.com or visit www.dronetechin­sti­tute.com

The Drone Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence is lo­cated at Lard­ner Park.

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