Canadore College, in the city of North Bay, just 180 minutes north of Toronto, has partnered with ING Robotic Aviation to introduce a new course – Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Operations and Maintenance at the Aviation Campus.
Graduates will receive 350 hours of theory and practical training in the only programme of its kind at an Ontario college, and the programme meets Transport Canada’s requirement for Special Flight Operations Certificates. The first full-time course starts on June 17, 2013.
Since their effective use for surveillance in Canadian military operations, robotic aircraft in Canada are proving to be able to provide numerous opportunities across the economy. This is the next stage in Canada’s history of leadership in aviation. Key uses of UAS now include aerial surveillance and monitoring in the oil and gas, geomatics, mining and utilities sectors.
“Unmanned aircraft play an increasing role in the future of the aviation industry,” states George Burton, President of Canadore College. “These systems are being used around the world for everything from mapping and surveying work to agriculture and communications.”
“It’s all about getting the right information into the right hands, in a timely manner” states ING Robotic Aviation’s founder and CEO, Ian Glenn. “Unmanned aircraft, combined with relevant sensors and systems, represents a great technology as it allows managers in many sectors access to actionable data that they might otherwise not have been able to afford, or maybe not even be able to acquire at all.”
“ING Robotic Aviation understands that great technology comes from great people. The company is privileged to work with a practical and innovative institution like Canadore College on this initiative. This collaboration between ING and Canadore hopes to rebuild Canada’s lead in aviation, create high tech jobs and foster northern development.”
Sources: Web Site, Press Release