Aerospace Company Airbus Signs MoU With FlyTech To Train Drone Pilots In India

  • The MoU was signed at Aero India 2021, India’s premier Defence and Aerospace show.
  • The partnership will enable Airbus to explore collaboration opportunities in Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) training.
  • Currently, there are around 40,000 drones in the country, and expects to reach over a million in the next five years.

European-based Aerospace company Airbus, on February 3, signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) with the Hyderabad-based aviation training company FlyTech Aviation Academy.

This will enable Airbus to explore collaboration opportunities in Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) training.

Further, Both companies will work towards providing aviation training to budding drone pilots while ensuring the highest standards of safety and quality, the company stated.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at Aero India 2021 event, India’s premier Defence and Aerospace exhibit event, where exhibitors demonstrate their products to potential customers and investors.

The partnership with FlyTech will bring 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), said Airbus in a press statement.

Founded in 1996 by Capt Mamatha, the first lady entrepreneur to have set up a private flight training academy, She has been awarded as the first lady Chief Flying Instructor of India in the year 2009.

Besides drone training, It offers specialized services such as Aeromodelling, Hobby Flying, Joy Rides Petal dropping, and Pamphlet dropping.

Flytech Aviation Academy owns around 15 aircraft, including Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Beech Baron B 58 (with piston engines), heavy aircraft Hawker Sidley or HS 125 (with jet engines), and helicopters like Chetak, Bell, and Lama (with jet engines).

In 2008, Lufthansa Germany partnered with Flytech Aviation Academy (FAA) to bring skills training to candidates chosen from India to prepare them as skilled technicians for Maintenance Research and Overhaul (MRO) organization.

It claims to be India’s first Aviation Training Academy with an ISO 9001:2008 Certification.

Commenting on the development, Captain Mamatha, CEO and Chief Flying Instructor at Flytech Aviation Academy 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 organizations is being recognized.”

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Currently, Around 40,000 drones are flying in the country, and expects to reach over a million in the next five years, the press statement said. To achieve this milestone 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.

During the Aero India 2021 event, Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister of India, said, The Indian aerospace and defence industries present an attractive and significant opportunity for foreign companies across the supply chain to take their cooperation to newer levels.

“Our Startup ecosystem is one of the world’s biggest and is playing a significant role in shaping a self–reliant India by fostering innovation and technology development also in the field of defence and aerospace,” he included.

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