It was expected but the pace is surprising. In parallel with the growing use of unmanned air systems (UAS) in the world, clients need someone to show them how to best use the systems, and that is good business.
First there were simulators that allowed basic training. However, this is not enough anymore. The greater the sophistication of the UAS, the greater is the demand for “state-of-the-art” training.
In the race for this business in Israel, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a “superpower” in the UAS world, has taken the lead.
The company has established a UAS academy that will train and certify UAS operators and technicians.
The UAS academy is based on IAI’s vast knowledge and experience of four decades in designing, manufacturing and operating UAS, as well as training UAS technicians and operators.
In addition to providing a variety of training services to IAI customers within IAI premises and at other planned locations, the UAS academy redefines the training concept.
It provides solutions to the growing need for trained and skilled UAS operation, maintenance and mission crews in various military, paramilitary and civilian facilities.
The academy places special emphasis on the operational mission training experience and offers generic and “cross platform” training services in new facilities.
Basic and advanced courses are provided, as well as recurrent training courses and workshops, special payloads operation courses, seminars for mission commanders and instructors, and qualification maintenance programmes.
UAS academy addresses all UAS personnel – internal pilots, external pilots, payload operators of all types, technicians, mission commanders and instructors.
The missions currently performed by UAS of all sizes are becoming more versatile and complicated.
The UAS in most cases do not work “solo”, but in conjunction with other platforms, manned or unmanned.
This creates a very hectic environment that needs very qualified people to oversee the manned platforms, with their great degree of autonomy.