IGRUA director Krishnendu Gupta said: “IGRUA and Drone Destination currently operate out of two satellite campuses one in Manesar, Haryana, and the other in Bengaluru. With the launch of the new drone policy, we envision to establish drone training schools with various State Governments across India. This partnership of DRIISHYA, IGRUA and Drone Destination will enable us to provide professional drone training in Haryana.”
Drone Destination founder-CEO Chirag Sharma said: “It is our pleasure to commence drone training in Haryana – the food bowl of India. Haryana offers immense opportunities for drone applications. The agriculture sector in Haryana has already started to adopt drone-based precision farming practices and soon drones will be a norm. There is a large opportunity to use drones in other sectors such as urban and rural development, asset inspections in Haryana.”After training over 1,500 commercial aircraft pilots since 1986, IGRUA recently entered the field of training drone pilots also. It tied up with leading private sector player Drone Destination, for setting up remote aircraft system pilot training schools across India. The two together started their first training centre in Gurgaon’s Manesar earlier this year and the second one in Bengaluru.
IGRUA director Krishnendu Gupta had recently told TOI the academy is now diversifying beyond training commercial aircraft pilots to other areas in a bid to generate funds and become self sufficient. “We issued an expression of interest to tie up for drone pilot training institutes. Drone Destination, which also manufactures drones, was chosen as they are experts in this field as we are in ours. We will open many more centres jointly in other cities, like Kolkata and Pune,” Gupta said.
Drone Destination’s Chirag Sharma said more drone pilot training schools will come up in places like Mumbai, Chennai, Bhopal, Kolkata and Pune. “A large number of government programmes will be implemented using drones. The ‘Swamitva‘ scheme — where people in villages will be given title to their lands after mapping by drones — will alone absorb 55,000 pilots. Using drones in agriculture for land survey to determine soil health and pesticide spray will absorb an equal number. And these are just two examples,” Sharma said.
Officials say a drone school can train about 300 pilots annually. “The cost for multi rotor drone training is Rs 55,000 (plus taxes) and the course is of six-day duration. Training for the bigger fixed wing drones and hybrid drones (vertical take off and landing) can cost upto Rs 1.25 lakh,” they say.