Global aerospace major Airbus enters into Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) training in India. The company inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Flytech Aviation Academy, a leading Indian aviation training academy at the Aero India 2021, the country’s premier defence and aerospace show, which began in Bengaluru on 3 February.
Airbus said in a statement that it brings a wealth of experience in aviation training, courseware development, safety and quality standards, while Flytech excels in aviation training services, including the training of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The two will look for synergies.
“The drone technology is being rapidly adopted as its potential and applicability in multiple industries and domains, including commercial entities, individuals, armed forces and government organisations is being recognised,” said Captain Mamatha, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Flying Instructor at Flytech Aviation Academy.
According to the statement, the government estimates that there are 40,000 drones in the country and expects the number to reach one million in five years. That will require some 500,000 drone pilots.
“The drone and remotely piloted aircraft industry is evolving rapidly. This increases the demand for drone pilots equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge of safety and flying regulations along with technical proficiency,” said Remi Maillard, President and Managing Director Airbus India and South Asia. He further added “in line with our commitment to “Skill India” mission, we are now looking to participate in and contribute to the UAV ecosystem by applying Airbus’ purpose and values of safety, innovation, operational excellence and sustainability.”
As part of the deal, both companies will work toward providing best-in-class training to budding drone pilots, ensuring the highest standards of safety and quality, the statement said.