AirAsia obtains CAAM license to fly drones

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia Group Bhd has obtained its Certificate of Approval (COA) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) to provide remote drone pilot training.

Classroom training will be conducted at the AirAsia Academy located in KL Sentral and hands-on training will be conducted at the YMCA Kuala Lumpur grounds, adjacent to KL Sentral.

AirAsia Group Security Chief Captain Ling Liong Tien said he was delighted to be the first in Malaysia to gain CAAM’s approval for the accreditation of its remote pilot training organization ( RPTO).

“The idea behind becoming an RPTO is to support the industry by providing quality remote pilot training based on our solid aviation background and decades of expertise. UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) has become an important component in many industries, promoting profitability and many efficiencies.

“Our commitment is to develop a solid foundation, supported by our existing robust safety management system, crew resource management and human factors training programs as well as remote pilot training modules – in the classroom and in the field, “he said in a statement.

The latest development supports the upcoming drone pilot project for delivering goods from AirAsia’s e-commerce platforms using automated drones.

AirAsia Aviation Limited Group CEO Bo Lingam said Malaysia’s drone delivery revolution is a lucrative and incredibly fast growing market. Globally, the industry has already taken off and is expected to reach US $ 7.38 billion (RM31 billion) by 2027.

“This new training program provides an opportunity to hone our Allstars and deliver exciting new programs to the wider community, as well as to support the drone industry by providing quality training to have more remote pilots. qualified in Malaysia. No previous experience is necessary which makes this a great opportunity for anyone to learn to fly.

“Ultimately, this supports our vision to launch urban drone delivery for merchandise and retail items from AirAsia’s e-commerce platforms in the future. The heavens are the limit as we can also potentially rise to support remote areas for essential supplies during natural disasters, for example. “

AirAsia (digital) group president Aireen Omar said she looks forward to launching the new drone studies program at the drone academy within its digital edutetech branch, AirAsia Academy, as She continues to support Malaysia’s digitization through a wide range of innovative technology based training programs.

“Drone delivery will soon become our latest logistics solution, providing a powerful boost to support the growing e-commerce industry. This innovation will allow us to create new high-tech employment opportunities for Malaysians.

“The ability to pivot is part of our culture and as some lose their aviation jobs, we are giving them a second chance to build a new career with us through e-commerce with initiatives like this.

“We are ready to take on new challenges and use the wave of Industrial Revolution 4.0 to our advantage by ensuring that people are ready to work in the new digital age. Drones have the unique ability to truly transform and expand the delivery space, from e-commerce to supporting agriculture by distributing fertilizers and seeds more efficiently, to transporting medicines and supplies to remote areas, for example. “

Commercial remote pilot training courses start January 24.

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