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Launch of utility training academy for UAVs

By [email protected] - 19th April 2016 - 14:50

NM Group, Phoenix Air Unmanned and the Unmanned Safety Institute have launched the ‘Utility Academy for Unmanned Aerial Systems’. The utility specific training course is designed to cater for management through to subject matter experts. Attendees will learn the regulatory, technical and commercial understanding required to effectively use UAV technology.

The training academy provides T&D professionals with the prerequisite information to: implement UAV standard operating procedures and safe operations; explore the business case for key applications; and deliver safety, environmental and cost benefits to their organisations through UAVs operations.

Nick Ferguson, senior VP of NM Group, commented, “This new course has been developed at the request of utilities. It is intended for those who wish to familiarise themselves with the capabilities and limitations of UAV systems, including LiDAR. The course contains demonstrations for line maintenance, engineering and vegetation management applications.”

Will Lovett, MD of Phoenix Air Unmanned, added, “The academy enables utility staff to experience first-hand UAV operations, and to take back to their utilities not only a working knowledge of safe and reliable UAV operations, but also documented best practice standard operating procedures and specifications.”

The training will combine classroom seminars and practical sessions at a dedicated facility in Cartersville, GA, US.

The 2016 courses will be held on June 7-8 and September 13-14. Places are strictly limited and will be provided first-come, first-served.

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