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Flying start

In 2020, drones patrol prisons, spot sharks and patch-up power lines, but very shortly, they’ll be taking you to work, delivering your shopping and hauling you up a ski slope. Here, UAV Training Australia’s Wayne Condon explains how the industry went from recreational to commercial in the last few years – and why the real revolution is still to come

Wayne Condon, the CEO and chief pilot of UAV Training Australia, has a simple answer to how he ended up instructing others to fly drones. “I’m not the type to sit still,” he quips.

Before he got going, his exhausting resumé included stints as a pilot, ADF lieutenant, university lecturer, government manager and even a fire inspector. It’s no surprise, then, that the ever-inquisitive Condon was one of the first to notice the lack of training for UAV pilots in Australia five years ago.

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