Japan Launches First UAV Professional Training School due to Emerging Demand

5 Aug

As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), also known as drones, become more popular, applications including aerial photography, delivery, spraying and even military use have become common. It seems that drones are set to become the next booming technology artifact soon.

However, as more enterprises tap into unmanned vehicle industry and have manufactured versatile drone models, the number of professional drone operators is still far too low.

Therefore, private Japanese education facilities have decided to build up the first UAV professional school that cultivate and train professional drone operators.

Japanese design institute Vantan is the first school that offers education of “unmanned vehicle & robotic technology,” reported Oricon. Vantan is to offer a three-year program, targeting graduate students of junior high school, high school students, and those who plan to transfer to other professions.

The courses include software and hardware design, maintenance, operation and related aviation regulations and Radio Act. The program will be open for application by 2017.

The most striking differences between the education offered by Vantan and other facilities lies in the time each of them spend on UAV related theories. Short-term training programs tend to cover only the basics while Vantan provides UAV related theories and technologies.

Vantan offers a comprehensive series of courses from basic UAV principles of flight and UAV structure to professional design and operation. Students will be able to obtain in-depth knowledge towards UAV.

Aside from professional programs for students, Vantan also offers UAV operation and aerial photography courses to UAV enthusiasts or professionals. The course content includes UAV engineering, collaborative experimental courses of industry and academia and control and operation of UAVs. This course is open to all students over 18 years old.

In fact, Japan now has up to 2,346 registered drones under agricultural applications for spraying. The number of UAV operators in Japan rose to 14,163 people, which makes Japan the highest ranking in applying drones for agricultural spraying. However, as the functions of UAVs become more versatile, it’s expected that it will be applied to a wider range of area, which naturally requires more operators in the future.

As a result, the Japanese branch of Chinese UAV manufacturer DJI has announced the activation of its training program for UAV operators. Its current goal is to train 10,000 professionals for free within three years.

The booming development of UAV industry can be easily observed from each manufacturers’ active deployment.

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