(11 Jan 2022)
 
AirAsia has secured its
Certificate of Approval (COA) from the Civil Aviation Authority of
Malaysia (CAAM) to conduct remote drone pilot training.

The
classroom training will be conducted at AirAsia Academy located in
KL Sentral and practical training will be conducted at the YMCA Kuala Lumpur field, adjacent to KL Sentral.

“We are
thrilled to be the first in Malaysia to win approval from CAAM for
the accreditation of our remote pilot training organisation
(RPTO). The team has been working closely together with CAAM for
months. We thank the regulator for their ongoing support and
really look forward to starting our first class in coming weeks,”
said Captain Ling Liong Tien, Chief Safety Officer, AirAsia Group. “The idea behind becoming an RPTO is to support the industry
by providing quality remote pilot training leveraging our strong
aviation background and decades of expertise. UAS [unmanned
aircraft system] has become an important element in many
industries driving cost effectiveness and numerous efficiencies. Our commitment is to develop a strong foundation,
supported by our existing robust safety management system, crew
resource management and human factors training programmes along
with the remote pilot training modules – both in the class and out
in the field.”

AirAsia Group Chief Safety Officer, Captain Ling Liong Tien (front right) with the rest of the airasia Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) team

The latest development supports the
upcoming drone pilot project for the delivery of goods from
airasia’s e-commerce platforms, using automated drones.

Group CEO of AirAsia Aviation Limited, Bo Lingam said, “We are
proud to be driving the drone delivery revolution in Malaysia.
It’s a lucrative and incredibly fast growing market. Globally, the
industry has already taken off and is projected to reach USD 7.388
billion by 2027. This new training programme provides an
opportunity to upskill our Allstars and offer exciting new
programmes for the broader community, as well as supporting the
drone industry in providing quality training to have more
qualified remote pilots in Malaysia. No prior experience is
necessary, making this a great opportunity for everyone to learn
to fly. Ultimately this supports our vision to launch
urban drone delivery in the future for goods and retail items from airasia’s e-commerce platforms. The skies are the limit as we can
also potentially scale up to support remote areas for essential
supplies during natural disasters for example.”

Commercial remote pilot training classes commence
on 24
January 2022. Interested candidates do not need any prior aviation or
flying experience and can register to enroll for one of the
courses through the AirAsia Academy website.

The
approved training courses are:

RCOC-B (Remote Pilot Certificate of Competency Basic
– 5
days);

RCOC Module 1 (EVLOS) (Extended Visual Line of Sight
– 2 days);

SMS (Safety Management System – 3 Days); and

CRM
(Crew Resource Management – 2 Days).

More courses/modules
are expected to be introduced in the near future.

“Innovation has always
been in our DNA and we can’t wait to launch the new drone
curriculum at the Drone Academy within our digital edutech arm,
AirAsia Academy, as we continue to support the digitalisation of
Malaysia through a broad range of innovative tech based training programmes,”
said Aireen Omar, President AirAsia Group (digital). “Drone delivery will soon become our latest
logistics solution, providing a strong boost to support the ever
growing e-commerce industry. Most importantly, this innovation
will allow us to create new high-tech job opportunities for
Malaysians. The ability to pivot is part of our culture
and while some are losing their jobs in aviation, we offer a
second chance for them to build a new career with us through
e-commerce with initiatives such as this.”


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