Rep: Introduce drone tech in school co-curriculum

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Dato Henry Harry Jinep (left) with representatives of Sumiran Eco Camp and UAS & Robotics Academy (M) Sdn Bhd during the launching of Professional Drone Operators Course at Sumiran Eco Camp, Batu Kawa in Kuching.

KUCHING: Drone technology should be incorporated into the school co-curriculum to benefit the younger generations, said Tasik Biru State Assemblyman Dato Henry Harry Jinep.

He added that drone technology was quite new in the State and the learning course would be timely for the younger generations to learn more about the technology. He explained that it would take about seven weeks to fully understand drone technology and its operation which would benefit many.

“With the support from the State government, I believe that this course can be incorporated into the schools’ co-curriculum,” he said during the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Undertaking (MoU) and launching of Professional Drone Operators Course between Sumiran Eco Camp and UAS & Robotics Academy (M) Sdn Bhd at Sumiran Eco Camp at Jalan Rantau Panjang, Batu Kawa here yesterday.

Henry also noted that apart from education, drone technology could also be utilised for agricultural use.

“The technology can also be utilised in the agriculture sector, and the State Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land & Regional Development has embarked on utilising the drones in their operations,” he said.

Sumiran Eco Camp, which is based in Rantau Panjang, Batu Kawa is the first professional drone operator certificate course in Malaysia. The professional drone operators certificate course is a highly sought course that accredits individuals with the ability to conduct commercial drone operations in the small Unmanned Ariel Services (UAS) with 20kg and below weight category.

The certification is accredited by the sanctions provided by various Global Institutions such as Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Asia Campus (ERAU), Unmanned Safety Institute USA (USI), PrecisionHawk USA, and UAS & Robotics Academy Malaysia.

The programme is monitored by the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), who also provides insight on the flight training part of the course. For more information on the professional drone operators certificate course, the general public may visit www.uracademy.net.

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