drone pilot industryigrua: IGRUA-Drone Destination sign pact with pilots’ body for drone training

December 10, 2021by helo-10
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NEW DELHI: Commercial pilots who may have retired or are unable to operate flights due to some medical condition will now be able to train for flying drones.
State-run Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA) and its drone-training partner, Drone Destination (DD), on Friday jointly signed a MoU with the Federation of Indian Pilots (FIP) to collaborate on drone training.
“Aviation is a rapidly evolving industry and drones will play a key role in the coming decades. Pilots of fixed-wing aircraft are naturally suited for drone operations as they understand the operational requirements well and have the aptitude to operate aircrafts. The evolving drone industry offers a good alternate career option for pilots who are looking at becoming entrepreneurs or are being rehabilitated post-retirement and medical unfitness,” FIP vice-president Captain Subhashish Majumdar said.
IGRUA director Krishnendu Gupta said: “It is a pleasure to collaborate with the largest federation of pilots in India. We hope that our collaboration with FIP enables the growth of the drone industry with highly skilled aviation professionals joining this sector.”
This drone training collaboration was initiated by the managing committee of the FIP, led by its VP Captain Subhashish Majumdar who is also an alumnus of IGRUA.
FIP secretary Captain C S Randhawa signed the MoU on behalf of the Federation of Indian Pilots. IGRUA has partnered with Delhi-based Drone Destination to provide drone training across India and the two have so far started schools in Manesar (Haryana) and Bengaluru.
Drone Destination CEO Chirag Sharma had recently told TOI more drone pilot training schools will come up in places like Mumbai, Chennai, Bhopal, Kolkata and Pune.
A drone school can train about 300 pilots annually. The cost for multi-rotor drone training is Rs 55,000 (plus taxes) and the course is of six-day duration.
Training for the bigger fixed-wing drones and hybrid drones (vertical take-off and landing) can cost up to Rs 1.25 lakh, Gupta had said recently.





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