By UAV Canada Staff
Drone developer DJI and RMUS Canada, an unmanned systems fleet management provider, have formed a national group of Canadian RPAS training companies to launch official DJI Academy UTC programs and RMUS Aircraft Certification programs in Canada. The training centres will be based in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.
The resulting RMUS Canada EDU Network is designed to allow individuals to develop the knowledge and skills to become safe and confident professional drone pilots. This joint training and certification partnership provides businesses and government agencies with training, operational standards and Transport Canada licensing preparation to help them build out high-performing drone programs.
“DJI Academy offers a comprehensive set of tools, curriculum and hands-on instruction to help people become skilled drone pilots, fleet managers and industrial operators,” said Andrew Zhu, CEO of DJI Academy. “More Canadian farms, businesses, first responders, photographers and other enterprises are putting drones to use every day, and DJI Academy will help provide the workforce to realize the full potential of drone technology.”
This is the first North American implementation of DJI Academy, a global initiative from DJI that has trained more than 80,000 drone pilots around the world. The UTC Program curriculum is designed for specific industry applications, including crop protection, inspection, aerial photography, mapping and emergency response. All courses include product training, hands-on experience, best practices, regulatory compliance and industry knowledge. Trainees who complete the curriculum must pass a theory exam and a practical flight test before they can be certified.
“Partnering with Canada’s top RPAS training organizations to deliver the program will be a huge step in the continued development of Canadian RPAS Pilots,” said Kevin Toderel of RMUS Canada.
RMUS Canada is launching this alliance with five training centres, including:
• DJI Academy Vancouver, Drone Academy Canada, Vancouver, BC.
• DJI Academy Western Canada, In-Flight Data, Calgary, AB.
• DJI Academy RMUS Toronto West, Element 3 Robotics, Burlington, ON.
• DJI Academy Toronto East, AlteX Academy, Toronto, ON.
• DJI Academy Montreal, Koptr Image, Montreal, QC.