Ahmedabad: In a bid to provide skill and guidance to those who aim to build a career in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry, the Gujarat government is expected to soon impart training to operate drones. According to top sources, tripartite agreement is expected to be signed soon between the state education department, Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure company Limited (Gujsail) and Blu Ray Aviation Limited, to impart both academic as well as remote pilot training using drones.
Sources confirmed that the academic course will be a diploma or a certificate course.
“A meeting was recently held between senior officials of state education department, Gujsail and Blu Ray Aviation. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) is being prepared and is expected to be finalized and inked soon. While state education department will launch a course to provide academic training to operate drones, Blu Ray Aviation will be responsible for field training of pilots who will operate drones,” said a well-placed source.
Gujsail is the nodal agency to bring in Blu Ray Aviation to impart flying training to candidates.
In fact, on Monday itself, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) granted conditional exemption from Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021 to 10 organizations across India, which includes Blu Ray Aviation Limited. These exemptions are valid for a period of one year from the date of approval or until further orders — whichever is earlier. The exemptions have been granted in line with a standard operating procedure issued by aviation regulator, DGCA.
Captain Ajay Chauhan, director of state’s civil aviation department, said, “Gujsail’s efforts to establish a drone-training centre in Gujarat is now closer to reality as Blu Ray Aviation is on the first list of approved organisations for drone training.”
The training is expected to give a boost to young drone entrepreneurs focusing on mining, agriculture and infrastructure applications among others.