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Chris Adams, Director of Local Government at the Institute of Drone Technology, says that the international market for drone technology is expected to grow to $164 billion by 2020. ​

DRONE technology is coming to the district following collaboration between the Institute of Drone Technology and the Central Ranges Trade Training Centre at Seymour.

The partnership will deliver a seven day course over three weekends and a Friday that will enable participants to gain their remote pilot’s licence. The course is accredited by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

The Institute of Drone Technology’s Director of Local government, Chris Adams said that the course uses the latest CASA endorsed guidelines and syllabus.

“The course program represents a significant lifting of standards in terms of providing quality requirements and course content,” Mr Adams said.

“This course is designed for pilots with little or no experience to reach professional standards required by CASA. You will learn the latest technologies on pilot knowledge and the skills required to fly drones successfully at a commercial level. This will include both theoretical and practical assessments,” he added.

Participants will receive a CASA issued remote pilot’s licence on completion of the course and be qualified to fly drones for any CASA approved operator.

Locally, Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s operations department was given an insight into how drone technology could be used when it engaged Mr Adams to undertake remote areal surveillance at Romsey Park during preparations for the RDFL grand final.

Many other council’s throughout Australia have already used drones as part of their maintenance schedules.

Carlo De Martinis of the Central Ranges Trade Training Centre said that drone technologies can help councils and industry facing tighter budgets, particularly in the areas of facilities and assets management.

“Asset conditions of parklands, buildings and infrastructure – particularly in places that may be difficult or dangerous to reach can be inspected through images from drones that can provide technicians with valuable viewpoints and details about critical assets without having to physically attend to a site,” Mr De Martinis said.

The course will run on Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 26, Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3 and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 8, 9, and 10 at the Central Ranges Trade Training Centre, Loco Street, Seymour.

Cost of the course is $3000 – BYO drone or use one supplied. A Phantom 4 advanced drone is available for purchase by course participants at the discounted price of $2000.

To book or for further information contact Carlo De Martinis on 0409 227 569 or email DeMartinis.Carlo@edumail.vic.gov.au.