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IAI Sets Up Training Academy for UAV Operators

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Israel Aerospace Industries Establishes IAI UAS Academy - a Unique Training Solution for UAS Operators

(Source: Israel Aerospace Industries; issued February 9, 2012)

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) establishes IAI UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) Academy - a unique solution for training and certification of UAS operators and technicians. The UAS Academy is based on IAI's vast knowledge and experience of four decades in designing, manufacturing and operating UAS, as well as training UAS technicians and operators.

In addition to providing a variety of training services to IAI customers within IAI premises and in other planned locations, the UAS academy redefines the training concept. It provides solutions to the growing need for trained and skilled UAS operation, maintenance and mission crews in various military, para-military and civilian facilities.

The academy places special emphasis on the operational mission training experience and offers a generic and "cross platform" training services in new facilities. Basic and advanced courses are provided as well as recurrent training courses and workshops, special payloads operation courses, seminars for mission commanders and instructors, and qualification maintenance programs. UAS academy addresses all UAS personnel - Internal Pilots, External Pilots, payload operators of all types, technicians, mission-commanders and instructors.

The curriculum includes the wide spectrum of courses required for training and qualification of UAS operators and technicians: Practical flight training, simulations with Semi-Simulators and high fidelity UAS Mission Trainer (UMT) as well as theoretical training.

In addition to reducing costs of operating UAS, training with the academy facilitates the availability of aerial platforms and airspace. Sharing the wide knowledge of working with various customers around the world adds to the training high value.

The academy's training is applicable to a wide range of customers with different experience, knowledge and background - from customers who are establishing basic UAS abilities - to well experienced customers interested in optimizing their training abilities as well as those who intend to shift to the qualification and endorsement model, customary in flight schools worldwide.

Tommy Silberring, general manager of IAI's Malat division said: "I congratulate IAI's Academy for setting the new standard of training in the UAS field, and for providing the best and most extensive training solution for IAI's UAS operators as well as other UAS users. In today's world where the need for UAS has become essential for every county, training by IAI's team of experts will enhance the safety and operational capabilities of UAS operation and mission crews around the world and will become a key element of their success".