India to become the drone capital of the world: Aviation ministry

BY ET News

In a move that would help create ecosystem for drone operations in the country, Redbird Flight Training Academy, a training Institute, has in a first trained a batch of drone pilots.

“We will become the drone capital of the world and we all need to work together to make this happen effectively. There is a lot of demand on the defence and civilian side. The Svamitva project by the Survey of India itself includes 6.6 lakh villages to be mapped by 2024. This is a stiff target, but we must surprise the world. We are a nation of large numbers and the scope for adoption of drone technology is immense basis existing development and agriculture projects being executed,” said Amber Dubey, joint secretary, aviation ministry.

As the demand for pilots is going to increase the institute plans to scale up the drone pilot training programme to train over 1,000 drone pilots every month subject to regulatory clearances.

“We have seen great success and learning in the curriculum imparting process and are prepared to scale this to reach out to maximum potential talent.

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