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Cape company gets drone training certification

Jan 28 2016 09:44

Cape Town – The SA Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has certified a Cape Town-based business to provide training for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and drone pilots.

"Being able to train UAV pilots against international best practice is critical for South Africa to illustrate our leadership in this field," UAV Industries chief operating officer Braam Botha said in a statement.

UAV pilots provide a critical skill which is required worldwide; all commercial and corporate UAV operators need to be licensed.

"UAVs will undertake various tasks in emergency response, search and rescue, anti-poaching, agriculture, utilities and of course camera work for various productions such as movies, TV series and advertising," he said.

Botha said the UAV industry is "nascent" and combines the aviation and tech industries "all in one".

"Bringing together the manned aviation space and the unmanned is a complex task, but not impossible.

"Leveraging and applying the detailed legislation and standards that CAA has brought about allows UAV industries to provide a training platform that will assist in making sure UAV pilots have the necessary skills to be able to undertake this complex task," he said.

The company said it has a backlog of students wanting to be trained and is confident the industry would provide many jobs in South Africa and around the world.

"More than 1 million UAVs were sold in the USA prior to Christmas and this illustrates the challenge and opportunity facing the industry," it said.

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