Craig Lippett, Head of UAS at Resource Group gives an insight into the future of remote pilot training at the Commercial UAV Show
Technology consists of human and regulation components. Human is the key component – and it’s also the most complex component with decision making being flawed. This poses difficulties in remote pilot training.
The need for training extends from everyday platforms like the DJI Phantom to military platforms such as the Global Hawk. The future remote pilot may not be an experienced aviator but instead a professional from other various industries. The majority of these professionals are looking at aviation as a way to improve the way they do things in their current business. Unmanned aerial vehicles will support their specific industry.
The current training progression programme is fairly comprehensive and covers a lot over 3 days. Theory phase and practical phase are covered in the training. Web based training, to ground school training (done in classroom, which might change in future), by highly qualified instructors and flight assessment is included.
Since 2013-2014 there are a total of 335 remote pilot graduates. Successful UK flight assessments stands at 194. The data tells us that there will be 620 grads in 2015 with 850 flight assessments.
Not only does this demonstrate the growth of the industry alone but the growth from multiple other industries. Future of training is to embed a pre-assessment before moving onto practical phase from the theoretical phase.
Here are some assumptions about the future from Craig:
- Industry is technically adept and fast moving
- Nature of learning is changing with today’s digital age
- Traditional abdication ground school training VS web based training
- Handbook vs tablet
- Not all students are created equally – different learning capabilities
- Simulation in training, represents exactly the operational environment that piloted work in
- We’re getting progressively more sophisticated with added realism
- Helps with avoiding weather factors, particularly in these months but this doesn’t always replicate what we want it to
Other simulation software out there are also emerging such as the oculus rift, emerses you a virtual reality. That’s where technology is going. You can represent, to a point, some of the ground school interactions OEM training, but broadly speaking this needs to improve. Digital technology should be explored, embraced and exploited when necessary, but the human component is still the most important factor in this training.
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Author: Yasmin Coutain-Springer, Marketing Executive, Terrapinn