Applecross drone school flying into the future
November 2nd, 2016, 01:00AM Written by Josh Zimmerman Melville Times
DRONE SCHOOL UPSKILLS PROFESSIONALS AND TRAINS NEW DRONE PILOTS
MAHMOOOD Hussein believes drones are poised to revolutionise the meaning of fly-in, fly-out work.
Mr Hussein owns Global Drone Solutions in Applecross, a training provider helping to unlock a multitude of career paths that did not exist just five years ago.
“There are a number of industries where drones are really starting to gain traction,” he said.
“Mines and asset inspection companies were among the first to see the potential for drone footage to reduce costs and improve safety but there are now more than 150 different business applications and that number is growing every day.”
From farmers inspecting their crops to wedding videographers chasing panoramic aerial shots, drones are becoming more commonplace; and qualified drone pilots are increasingly difficult to find.
Global Drone Solutions is one of just two approved drone pilot training schools in WA and Mr Hussein said demand for the five-day course was growing.
“The course is approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and you end up with three certifications: a drone pilot’s licence, radio operator’s licence and an English proficiency certificate,” Mr Hussein said.
“Having the two licences allows you to work in any controlled airspace with permission and they are a pre-requisite to getting insurance.
“Global Drone Solutions’ key point of difference is that we provide training on how to establish a drone business.
“Some of the people we have coming to us are already employed by mining or asset inspection companies but we also have many who have realised that they can launch an entire new career with a five-day training course.”
The original article appeared in the Melville Times 2 November 2016.