Airbus to partner Flytech to train drone pilots in India

Airbus has signed a MoU with Flytech Aviation Academy to explore collaboration opportunities in Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) training.
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Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Flytech Aviation Academy, a leading Indian aviation training academy, to explore collaboration opportunities in Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) training.

The MoU was inked at Aero India 2021, the country's premier defence and aerospace show, which began in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

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 & South Asia.

"As part of the MoU, Airbus andFlytech will work toward providing best-in-class training to budding drone pilots, ensuring the highest standards of safety and quality", the statement said.

At the inaugural ceremony of Aero India-2021 at Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said India is vigilant in the face of attempts to change status quo at its border and prepared to defeat any misadventures to defend its territorial integrity.

"We have long witnessed unfortunate attempts to employ force to change the status quo at our unresolved borders," Rajnath said.

Edited by Saheli Sen Gupta