From the Lead:
Under Australian Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, the operation of drones over 2kg for commercial purposes needs certification.
The intensive course is run on University of Adelaide campuses by a team of CASA-certified drone operators and trainers from the University’s Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility.
“Drone technology is rapidly evolving and growing in popularity in a range of industries, from agriculture and mining through to engineering and defence,” Facility Director Professor Lian Pin Koh said.
“As Australia continues to build a future focused on innovation and knowledge-intensive industries, we as a university are proud to contribute to the training of a highly-skilled workforce, enabling them to take full advantage of the emerging employment opportunities.”
The course covers all practical and theoretical syllabus and requirements of CASA for a commercial drone license, including air legislation, aerodynamics, meteorology and flight training for both multi-rotor and fixed wing drones.
The course is open to members of the public and costs $3500.
Initial courses are being run for students and staff, with the first open course planned for August.
The university expects to run the course for multi-rotor UAVs up to 7 kg 4-6 times a year.
Meantime, the Australian Government last week announced the first $50 million Defence Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) CRC would focus on Trusted Autonomous Systems to deliver game-changing unmanned platforms that ensure reliable and effective cooperation between people and machines during dynamic military operations.