Vadodara: Gujarat Flying Club (GFC), one of the oldest flying clubs in the country, has become the first aviation training institute of the state and 12th overall to get approval for drone training from country’s civil aviation regulator – Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Sources said that the ministry of civil aviation has granted permission in line with the policy decision of government of India (GOI) and the union ministry to regularize and regulate drone operations in the country.
The training centre will facilitate drone training using the remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) or drones. The permission has been granted so that the centre can provide right skills and guidance to those who aim to build a successful career in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry.
Joint secretary at the Ministry of Civil Aviation, GOI, Amber Dubey recently issued order granting conditional permission for remote pilot training to the club that operates from the civil aerodrome, Harni.
According to ministry officials, drone training is expected to give a boost to young drone entrepreneurs focusing on mining, agriculture and infrastructure applications among others.
The institute will have to fulfil all the conditions regarding “aerial photography, safety, insurance and clearances from local administration, defence ministry, home ministry, Indian Air Force and the Airports Authority of India.”
“We will shortly start training for drone operations. All the necessary approvals are already in place. We will be buying ‘Made in India’ drones for this,” said group captain Prashant Bharadwaj, chief administrative officer at GFC, Vadodara. “While the classes will be held in our present complex, for flying purpose, we will be tying up with a college or a university. Drones are the future. Be it in the field of security, mapping or logistics, drones are going to play a big role,” he said.
27/08/20 Prashant Rupera/Times of India