Senegal Flying Labs just oversaw the running of the first local UK Civil Aviation Authority competency Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) course. The program was run in Dakar, Senegal from the 9th to 13th of December, 2019. The course covers 8 theoretical modules including a flight assessment that is at par with the UK CAA certificate of competency.
Among the participants certificated were candidates from Nigeria, Benin, and Cameroon. The course drew a lot of attention regionwide, as it was the first of this course delivered in Africa by African instructors.
The Director of Senegal Flying Labs, Tiamiyou Radji, who is also the Drone Training Ltd Instructor completed the training on December 12th. The entire exercise took place at Kranth’s offices. In its website, the social enterprise points out its aim to solve social challenges experienced in the West African region, through the adoption of robotics(drones) and Artificial Intelligence.
Flying Labs aims to build up local capacity having acquired recognition and validation by the national authority for their certificate of competency. Their expertise in drones involves teaching and validating all aspects of safety, weather navigation, flight skills, and operational professionalism. Operators can now display their qualifications and standard procedures.
Included in the training are incident management procedures, emergency procedures, reading aeronautical charts and weather forecasting. The training gives the pilots the credentials required to bid for contracts in the international arena. It also gives African civil aviation authorities a professional basis to register, authorize and regulate the competency of their drone pilots.