EYE IN THE SKY

Commercial applications using UAVs are common, but contrary to popular opinion, flying them requires both skill and training. Mark Broadbent hears from training provider CEO Jon Parker

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The public has long laboured under the illusion that drone flying is the aviation equivalent of ‘point and shoot’. When it comes to the commercial use of UAVs however, professional, licensed and fully trained pilots are essential. Skilled drone pilots are also crucial to reducing risk and putting clients at ease, as well as helping build a better reputation for the commercial UAV industry.

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Flyby’s instructors assess students’ flying skills and learning curve

What is perhaps seldom appreciated, however, is that insurers require a certain level of training for those planning to operate UAVs commercially.

Jon Parker, CEO of the unmanned systems training provider Flyby Technology, told AIR International: “If you want to undertake commercial work at any professional level you need to be trained, because it will be very obvious if you’re not. Insurers issue a specific kind of insurance to fly drones commercially, EC Regulation 785/2004, for £750,000 third-party liability. To get that insurance you need training.”

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