Sunday, August 16, 2020

Hyderabad emerges as hub for drone pilot training; four schools get nod

Mumbai: Hyderabad is fast emerging as a hub for drone pilot training as with use of these unmanned aerial vehicles gaining widespread acceptance in the recent months.
According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), four out of the 10 institutions that have received approvals so far for operating drone-training schools are based out of Hyderabad. They include Wings Academy, Flytech Aviation Academy, Asia Pacific Flight Training Academy and Telangana State Aviation Academy. After receiving the approval, these institutions can now conduct training courses for pilots and issue licences in order to bring standardisation into this emerging sector in the country.
"Telangana is fast emerging as the drone hub of India given the close collaboration between a highly supportive state government, academia, aerospace industry and local startups. We hope other states leverage the full power of drones, too,” said Amber Dubey, joint secretary at the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Head of the Drones Division.
This comes at a time when the DGCA has allowed bodies under Central and state governments, government-approved universities, and private drone makers, to set up drone pilot training schools last month. This is seen as a move where the government is simultaneously readying pilots even as its fast-tracks the process for allowing drone delivery and surveillance operations. The aviation regulation body has so far allowed 13 consortia for conducting experimental Below Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations. These consortia have been asked to perform long-range flying tests for 100 hours each and submit the reports containing analytics and logs of the flight time to the aviation regulator by September end.
16/08/20 Sai Ishwar/Business Standard
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