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Fast-tracking remote pilot training for UAV

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Australian geospatial technology provider, Ultimate Positioning Group (UPG) has simplified the process for UAV owners to gain their remote pilot certification by offering the first one‐week training course in the market. 

To be run by UPG’s in‐house UAV specialist, a qualified pilot with 20 years of UAV flying experience, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approved course involves three and a half days of theory and one and a half days of practical activity.

UAVs are used to gather spatial information from the air using high spec cameras and software, and have become a popular replacement for expensive flyovers in the last couple of years in industries such as mining, forestry and utilities.

Flying a UAV however, requires the operator to show their understanding of CASA airspace regulations by gaining their Remote Piloted Aerial System (RPAS) Certification. In its 125th year of operation in Australia, UPG is making it much simpler and quicker for UAV owners to get this certification, allowing them to operate the state‐of‐the‐art imaging technology themselves.

Paul Standen, National Geospatial Manager for UPG explains that the company has been working with CASA towards launching this flight school for some time now. Having joined UPG in 1999, Standen has observed the evolution of UPG from a traditional survey equipment reseller to a company offering one of the widest ranges of geospatial solutions in Australia. 

UPG offers aerial and ground‐based imaging solutions from both Trimble and SenseFly. UAV technology is changing the way businesses operate in a huge number of industries including mining, construction, waste management, utilities, local government, and traditional surveying. Standen says the launch of the flight school means UPG has a complete offering for their customers from the planes and software to the training, certification and support.

The first of the courses, which will run every second week in different locations depending on demand, will soon kick off in Melbourne.

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