AirAsia Group announced that it has secured its Certificate of Approval (COA) to conduct remote drone pilot training from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM). In the press release, its chief safety officer Captain Ling Liong Tien says the group is the first in Malaysia to obtain the licence.
“The idea behind becoming an RPTO (Remote Pilot Training Organisation) is to support the industry by providing quality remote pilot training, leveraging our strong aviation background and decades of expertise,” he added. “The unmanned aircraft system has become an important element in many industries, driving cost-effectiveness and numerous efficiencies.”
In addition, AirAsia Group CEO Bo Lingam says the programme presents an opportunity to upskill its own employees and offer new programmes for the broader community, as well as supporting the drone industry by providing quality training in order to have more qualified pilots in Malaysia. He adds that joining the programme will not require prior experience, therefore making it a “great opportunity for everyone to learn to fly.”
The group notes that the remote drone pilot programme is also aimed to support the upcoming drone-based delivery of goods from its e-commerce platforms. In regards to the latter, AirAsia Group president (digital) Aireen Omar says drone delivery is expected to become its latest logistics solution to boost the ever growing e-commerce industry, while also enabling it to create new high-tech opportunities for Malaysians.
AirAsia says classroom training for the programme will be conducted at its academy in KL Sentral, while practical training will be done at the nearby YMCA Kuala Lumpur field. The classes are slated to commence on 24 January this year, and those interested are encouraged to apply via the AirAsia Academy website.
(Source: AirAsia [Newsroom])