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Photo: Ling (front right) with the rest of the AirAsia UAS team.

AirAsia Group Bhd 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.

AirAsia Group chief safety officer Captain Ling Liong Tien said it is thrilled to be the first in Malaysia to win approval from CAAM for the accreditation of its remote pilot training organisation (RPTO).

“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.

“The unmanned aircraft system has become an important element in many industries, driving cost-effectiveness and numerous efficiencies,” he said in a statement.

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

AirAsia Aviation Limited group CEO Bo Lingam said the drone delivery revolution in Malaysia is a lucrative and incredibly fast growing market. Globally, the industry has already taken off and is projected to reach US$7.38 billion (RM31 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.

“No prior experience is necessary, making this a great opportunity for everyone to learn to fly,” he told StarBiz.

Ultimately, he said this would support the company’s vision to launch urban drone delivery for goods and retail items from airasia’s e-commerce platforms.

The sky is the limit as the company could also potentially scale up to support remote areas for essential supplies during natural disasters, he added.

AirAsia Group (digital) president Aireen Omar said it can’t wait to launch the new drone curriculum at the drone academy within its digital edutech arm, AirAsia Academy, as it continues to support the digitalisation of Malaysia through a broad range of innovative tech based training programmes.

“Drone delivery will soon become our latest logistics solution, providing a strong boost to support the ever growing e-commerce industry. 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.

 

“We are ready to take on new challenges and embrace the wave of Industry Revolution 4.0 to our advantage by ensuring people are job ready in the new digital era. Drones have the unique ability to truly transform and expand the delivery space, from e-commerce to supporting agriculture by distributing fertiliser and seeds more efficiently, to the transportation of medicines and supplies to remote areas, for example.”

Commercial remote pilot training classes commence from Jan 24.

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