AirAsia secures CAAM licence to fly drones

  • Obtained approval from CAAM for remote pilot training
  • Supports upcoming drone pilot project for delivery of goods

Pic: (Front right) AirAsia group chief safety officer, Ling Liong Tien with the airasia Unmanned Aircraft System teamAirAsia announced that it has secured its Certificate of Approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), to conduct remote drone pilot training. 

Chief safety officer, AirAsia Group, Ling Liong Tien claimed AirAsia is the first in Malaysia to win approval from CAAM for the accreditation of its remote pilot training organisation (RPTO). 

Ling said the idea behind becoming an RPTO is to support the industry by providing quality remote pilot training leveraging our strong aviation background and decades of expertise. The UAS (unmanned aircraft system) has become an important element in many industries driving cost effectiveness and numerous efficiencies. 

“Our commitment is to develop a strong foundation, supported by our existing robust safety management system, crew resource management and human factors training programmes along with the remote pilot training modules - both in the class and out in the field,” he said.

The latest development supports the upcoming drone pilot project for the delivery of goods from airasia’s e-commerce platforms, using automated drones, the company said.

Group chief executive officer of AirAsia Aviation Limited, Bo Lingam said the new training programme provides an opportunity to upskill the company’s Allstars and offers exciting new programmes for the broader community, as well as supporting the drone industry in providing quality training to have more qualified remote pilots in Malaysia. 

“Ultimately this supports our vision to launch urban drone delivery in the future for goods and retail items from airasia’s e-commerce platforms,” he said.

President of AirAsia Group (digital), Aireen Omar said it can’t wait to launch the new drone curriculum at the drone academy within its digital edutech arm, AirAsia Academy, as it continues to support the digitalisation of Malaysia through a broad range of innovative tech based training programmes.

“Drone delivery will soon become our latest logistics solution, providing a strong boost to support the ever growing e-commerce industry. Most importantly, this innovation will allow us to create new high-tech job opportunities for Malaysians. 

“We are ready to take on new challenges and embrace the wave of Industry Revolution 4.0 to our advantage by ensuring people are job ready in the new digital era,” she said  

Commercial remote pilot training classes commence from Jan 24. Interested candidates do not need any prior aviation or flying experience and can register to enrol for one of the courses through the AirAsia Academy website as outlined below:

  • RCOC-B (Remote Pilot Certificate of Competency - Basic) (5 days) here
  • RCOC Module 1 (EVLOS) (Extended Visual Line of Sight) (2 days) here
  • SMS (Safety Management System) (3 Days) here
  • CRM (Crew Resource Management) (2 Days) here

The classroom training will be conducted at AirAsia Academy located in KL Sentral and practical training will be conducted at the YMCA Kuala Lumpur field, adjacent to KL Sentral.


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