Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the leading Indian aviation training facility, Flytech Aviation Academy which was introduced at Aero India 2021. According to officials, Airbus wants to explore collaboration opportunities in Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) training.
India’s premier aerospace and defence exhibition, also known as Aero India 2021 took off in Bengaluru’s Yelahanka Air Force Station on Tuesday. 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). Thus, this collaboration will look for synergies.
Speaking about the collaboration, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Flying Instructor at Flytech Aviation Academy Captain Mamatha said, “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,”
According to the Airbus statement, the government has estimated that the current capacity of drones in India is 40,000 and it expects the number to reach 1 million in 5 years. That number of drones will require almost 5,00,000 pilots.
Addressing the requirement, the President and Managing Director of Airbus India & South Asia, Remi Maillard said, “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,”
The statement also said, “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”
Aero India 2021 is a 3-day event that is being held from February 3 to 5. It marks the 13th edition of the biennial international event which was inaugurated by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and dubbed as the world’s first hybrid aerospace show.
According to officials, only 3,000 visitors were allowed every day at the display venue due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Reports suggest, 601 exhibitors, 523 Indian and 78 foreign along with 14 countries were active participants of the ceremony.