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Podcast: Why airline pilots are retraining to fly drones

written by Robyn Tongol | December 16, 2020

Sponsored by UAV Training Australia

COVID has been the biggest shock traditional aviation has ever seen. Still, in the background, the UAV industry is booming, with drones taking on tasks from fighting bushfires to delivering medication and filming movies.

In this special episode of the Australian Aviation Podcast, UAV Training Australia’s Wayne Condon reveals how savvy pilots of major airliners are now retraining to take advantage of this growing sector.

He tells host Adam Thorn what raw skills are needed to make the transition, how UAVs and aircraft flying differs and just what leaps in technology have facilitated its growth.

Finally, the pair discuss what the future holds as new industries embrace change, young people enter the profession, and AI enters the mix.

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