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Business takes flight with pilot’s licence for drones


Business takes flight with pilot’s licence for drones

The University of Wolverhampton is hoping that business will take off now that two of its technicians based in its Visualisation Centres at Telford Innovation Campus and the Wolverhampton Science Park have secured their Civil Aviation Authority Pilot’s Licences to fly drones.

Maninder Sembhi and Alessandro Nicholas attended a three day course which covered the basics of airmanship, gave a detailed overview of drones and unmanned aerial systems as well as equipping them with information on reading and researching weather patterns.  They also covered codes of conduct and health and safety regulations in depth.

Alessandro said:  “The course was delivered by a former US and RAF Pilot and was intensive, including both a theoretical test and a practical flight test.  It’s really important to be aware of the rules and regulations when flying drones to ensure that safety is never compromised.  Both Maninder and myself were really pleased to get our ‘pilot’s wings’ at the end of the three day course.”

The University currently has three different types of radio-controlled drones suitable for both interior and exterior usage, complete with high definition cameras designed to capture video and still images.

Marc Fleetham, Director of Business Solutions at University, said:  “We’re delighted that two of our technicians are now equipped with fully regulated CAA licences to provide businesses with state-of-the-art drone technology.

Technicians pass drone pilots' licences

“We offer businesses a visually improved and fully integrated service including both fly-over and fly-through as well as editing. Our piloted drones are operated remotely from our Visualisation Centres and provide high quality aerial and ground based video and images in order for companies to improve their business capability – for example, electricity companies may use drones to check overhead wiring and cabling or farmers may use them to check on the progress of crops.

“As more and more businesses look for visual solutions to improve their services, having access to regulated drone technology on their doorstep is an added bonus and I’m delighted that the University of Wolverhampton is leading the way in providing facilities to help benefit business in the region.”

As well as providing local people with access to education, the Business Solutions team offers business-focused short courses as well as targeted support for local businesses. Business support workshops focus on everything from advanced drone technology to the business benefits of online marketing and social media.

The Visualisation Centres are unique rooms designed to introduce companies to new technologies and demonstrate real world usage possibilities, whilst offering hands on usage of equipment to promote innovation and ensure knowledge transfer.

Anyone interested in exploring the drone technology further to benefit their business should email: or telephone 01902 321272.


For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 322003/322736

Date Issued:  3rd March 2016

For more information please contact the Corporate Communications Team.

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