First Australian university drone course offered in Adelaide


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By Lana Guineay

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the University of Adelaide’s newest course offering.

The University of Adelaide has become the first university in the country to gain accreditation to train people to fly drones or remotely piloted aircraft, certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA).

The intensive course runs for five days, leading to the award of a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL), and is taught by a University of Adelaide team of CASA-certified drone operators and trainers.

“Drone technology is rapidly evolving and growing in popularity in a range of industries, from agriculture and mining through to engineering and defence,” Facility Director Professor Lian Pin Koh said.

“As Australia continues to build a future focused on innovation and knowledge-intensive industries, we as a university are proud to contribute to the training of a highly-skilled workforce, enabling them to take full advantage of the emerging employment opportunities.”

Under Australian Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, the operation of drones over 2kg for commercial purposes needs certification.

The course covers all practical and theoretical syllabus and requirements of CASA for a commercial drone license, including air legislation, aerodynamics, meteorology and flight training for both multi-rotor and fixed wing drones.

Open to members of the public, the course is set hit the skies over the University’s North Terrace and Waite campuses, using state-of-the-art equipment. Initial courses are now being run for students and staff, with the first open course planned for August.

Find out more at the University of Adelaide. 

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