Garuda Robotics Academy

Professional Training by Professional Pilots

The mission of the Garuda Robotics Academy is to train professional UAV pilots who can get the job done safely, quickly and reliably every time.

Our UAV operations team has extensive experience delivering results in the field. We understand what challenges UAV pilots encounter on deployment and what it takes to get the job done.

As one of the first entities to be awarded the Unmanned Operator Permit (UOP) by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), we are proud of the professionalism of our UAV pilots and the trust invested in us by our customers.

Upcoming Courses

Professional Multirotor Pilot Course (Code: P01)
Dates: 3-7 July 2017
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: To be announced

Course fee: SGD2965 / person
Subsidized fee: SGD1482.50 / person *
Registration closes: 25 June 2017

* After 50% course fee subsidy from Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) for Singapore citizens. Find out more here: Garuda Robotics Academy partners e2i to train drone pilots


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Ongoing/Past Courses

Professional Fixed-Wing Pilot Course (Code: P03)
Dates: 22-26 May 2017

Experienced Instructors

Chief Pilot & Instructor
The academy staff are overseen by Chief Pilot & Instructor, Nicholas Hon. Nicholas previously spent 6 years with the Republic of Singapore Air Force as a UAV Instructor Pilot before joining Garuda Robotics to lead field operations.

He has logged thousands of simulator and flying hours operating military and industrial-grade UAVs, and has extensive experience training operationally-ready UAV pilots.

Instructor Pilot Team
Our instructor pilots have extensive experience in providing professional UAV services across Southeast Asia. All are current holders of the CAAS Unmanned Operator Permit for operations and training purposes.

A superior pilot uses his superior judgment to ensure that he never needs to call on his superior skills.

Nicholas Hon

Chief Pilot & Instructor, Garuda Robotics

Training for All Skill Levels

Our courses and curriculum reflect years of accumulated experience conducting UAV operations and training UAV pilots from various backgrounds – hobbyists, commercial UAV pilots and operations executives from public agencies.

Beyond Singapore to Southeast Asia

When you train in the same environments you’ll be operating in, the learning experience can be more targeted, focused and effective. If you are based within Southeast Asia, our instructor teams are able to travel to your location to conduct short training engagements.

Contact us to find out more.


Training Philosophy

Having the right training framework makes a difference when you’re learning to be a skilled, safe and successful UAV pilot.

It all starts with Ground School.
It all begins with a solid foundation. Comprehensive classroom lessons impart the background knowledge that every UAV pilot needs to be safe and successful.

Fly, fly, fly. One more time. And again.
Mastering the skill of flying takes plenty of deliberate practice. Our progressive training regime is designed to help you learn the key skills at a comfortable pace.

Continuous assessment & feedback.
No learning opportunity is wasted. All flying activities are assessed and feedback is given immediately to maximize the training impact of each session.

Not sure where to begin?

Our course offerings follow a logical progression. Regardless of whether you intend to start a career as a professional UAV pilot or simply want to fly UAVs as a hobby, choosing a course is as simple as following our recommended training sequence.

For professional pilots

  1. Complete Professional Pilot Course
  2. Take CAAS UOP test
  3. Complete Advanced Pilot Course
  4. Complete Skills Booster or Instructor Training Course

For hobbyist pilots

  1. Complete Professional Pilot Course
  2. Take CAAS UOP test if you intend to fly in a restricted area
  3. Complete Skills Booster course 

For professional pilots

  1. Complete Professional Pilot Course
  2. Take CAAS UOP test
  3. Complete Advanced Pilot Course
  4. Complete Skills Booster or Instructor Training Course

For hobbyist pilots

  1. Complete Professional Pilot Course
  2. Take CAAS UOP test if you intend to fly in a restricted area
  3. Complete Skills Booster course 

Complete Course Catalog

Our basic training courses are conducted on a fixed schedule, while some advanced training courses are held only upon request.

We also provide customized training programs for corporate and individual clients.

If you have specific training needs that are not addressed in our existing courses, please contact us to discuss your requirements.


Professional Pilot Training

Paving the way for a career in the commercial drone industry

Professional Multirotor Pilot 🚀
5 days (Code: P01)

Description
This intensive course combines theory, simulator training and hands-on flying. It prepares you to take the CAAS UOP test for multirotor UAVs. Topics covered include:

  • Multirotor UAV aerodynamics and theory of flight
  • Meteorology for UAV pilots – accounting for the weather
  • Professional UAV piloting skills
  • Understanding the Singapore UAV regulatory framework
  • Creating sound Standard Operating Procedures
  • Assessing and managing risk in operations through planning

Next course: 3-7 July 2017 (Mon-Fri)

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Advanced Mutirotor Pilot 🚀🚀
3 days (Code: P02)

Description
This course prepares you for advanced multirotor operation in challenging environments. Topics covered include:

  • Advanced flight manoeuvres
  • Enhancing your situational awareness
  • Advanced Crew Resource Management

Pre-requisites
You should have completed our Professional Multirotor Pilot Course or you are a current holder of a nationally-recognized multirotor UAV pilot license (CAAS, CASA, FAA, etc).

Next course: To be announced

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Professional Fixed-Wing Pilot ✈️
5 days (Code: P03)

Description
This intensive course combines theory, simulator training and hands-on flying. It prepares you to take the CAAS UOP test for fixed-wing UAVs. Topics covered include:

  • Fixed-wing UAV aerodynamics and theory of flight
  • Meteorology for UAV pilots – accounting for the weather
  • Professional UAV piloting skills
  • Understanding the Singapore UAV regulatory framework
  • Creating sound Standard Operating Procedures
  • Assessing and managing risk in operations through planning

In progress: 22-26 May 2017 (Mon-Fri)

Next course: To be announced

Register your interest

Instructor Training

Training the trainers

Instructor Training 👨‍✈️👩‍✈️
3 days (Code: T01)

Description
This “train the trainer” program focuses on pedagogical skills for pilots taking on an instructional/supervisory role in a multirotor environment.

Pre-requisites

You should be a current holder of a nationally-recognized multirotor UAV pilot license (CAAS, CASA, FAA, etc).

Next course: To be announced

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Skills Boosters

Level up specific skills

Skills Boosters

Level up in specific skill areas

Aerial Photography & Videography 📷
1 day (Code: S01)

Description
Learn the skills you need to take stunning aerial photographs and videos. Learn how to fly smoothly and improve the quality of your aerial shots.

Next course: To be announced

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Advanced Aerial Videography 📷📷
2 days (Code: S02)

Description
Take your aerial videography to the next level with a dual operator (pilot and payload controller) setup. Learn to execute complex tracking shots by controlling the UAV and camera separately, the way the professionals do it.

Pre-requisites

You should have completed our Professional Multirotor Pilot Course or you are a current holder of a nationally-recognized multirotor UAV pilot license (CAAS, CASA, FAA, etc).

Next course: To be announced

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Public Education / Corporate Engagement Workshops

Do you see drones as an exciting new technology for your industry or business? We’ll get you up to speed quickly by sharing our experience and expertise. Get ready for a future where drones are put to work in a variety of scenarios.

Introduction to Drones
Half day (Code: E01)

Description
This workshop introduces the basics of drone technology and the skills required to operate drones safely and effectively. A broad set of topics are covered to give participants an overview of the entire industry, including:

  • Popular industrial applications
  • Benefits of using drones
  • Drone technology and flight controls.

Pre-requisites
We require a minimum of 10 participants to conduct this workshop.

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Hands-on with Drones (Build and Fly)

1 day (Code: E02)

Description
This intensive workshop get participants hands-on with building and flying drones. Participants will:

  • Learn how drones are deployed in industrial scenarios
  • Learn to fly in a simulator environment
  • Assemble a miniature drone
  • Learn to fly a miniature drone

Pre-requisites

We require a minimum of 10 participants to conduct this workshop.

Book a workshop

Product-specific Operator Training

System operator training for your Garuda Robotics enterprise drone system is included in the purchase price. If you have an inquiry about additional operator training sessions for the products listed here, please contact your sales representative.

 

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