In Focus

Reaching new heights with Aviassist

With a deep understanding for the drone industry, embracing innovation and new-age thinking, Aviassist’s team of aviation professionals guide and support you through comprehensive drone training and operations. Find out more about Aviassist and what it takes to facilitate flight as a remote pilot, with managing director Ross Anderson.

 In terms of RPAS training, Aviassist has been on the scene for quite some time. What led you down this path?

We’ve always been about enabling organisations through aviation, and in the RPAS space it’s allowed us to benefit many industries rather than the few. It’s been quite a rewarding journey, when we entered there wasn’t a clear pathway to get a Remote Pilot Licence. You literally had to do a Private Pilot’s Licence exam with separate flight training. As it was the only pathway at the time we trained via this method for some time while approaching the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for an alternative. We worked with CASA for a number of years to develop and get a new integrated program approved, specifically contextualised for RPAS operations.

As complexities of organisations utilising RPAS increase, we evolve and continue to build pathways to gain approvals to fly higher and further as their needs develop. The core of what we’re trying to do is enable an organisation to use these tools effectively to improve safety, save time and money, among other benefits of course. Supporting these organisations often requires Aviassist to develop and implement custom training, which Aviassist completes in-house. Aviassist’s ability to produce high-quality deliverables in-house assists in the continual improvement in the RPAS training space.

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