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Future Flyers: Drone Pilots

Callaghan College Wallsend Campus, NSW

Callaghan College, near Newcastle, is embarking on an Australian-first project to transform its students into the drone pilots of the future. What better way to use those fine motor skills developed through years of playing Xbox and Playstation?

Through a partnership with a remote pilot training company, the school is the first in Australia to offer students a formal qualification in drone flying, Certificate III Aviation (Remote-Pilot Visual Line of Sight). The qualification will equip students to control drones in fields ranging from powerline inspection to surveying, aerial photography and cinematography to agriculture, or search and rescue to bushfire monitoring. Callaghan students with drone flying skills will have plenty of work opportunities because there is an identified shortage of drone pilots in Australia and internationally.

The school is seeking support to build on a small trial so that more than 100 Year 11 and 12 students can participate in the course by the end of 2018. Donations for this project will allow the school to purchase three new drones plus engage a drone instructor to co-deliver the certificate with Callaghan teachers.

Callaghan College is so determined to provide its students with these opportunities that it has worked with the NSW Board of Studies to ensure the Certificate III Aviation course could count towards a student's Higher School Certificate. Its exciting drone program has attracted the attention of leaders in the NSW Department of Industry and the NSW Department of Education, and is being watched with interest by schools across Australia.

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Callaghan College Wallsend Campus

WALLSEND, NSW

www.callaghancollege.com.au/wp

Callaghan College, near Newcastle, is embarking on an Australian-first project to transform its students into the drone pilots of the future. What better way to use those fine motor skills developed through years of playing Xbox and Playstation?

Through a partnership with a remote pilot training company, the school is the first in Australia to offer students a formal qualification in drone flying, Certificate III Aviation (Remote-Pilot Visual Line of Sight). The qualification will equip students to control drones in fields ranging from powerline inspection to surveying, aerial photography and cinematography to agriculture, or search and rescue to bushfire monitoring. Callaghan students with drone flying skills will have plenty of work opportunities because there is an identified shortage of drone pilots in Australia and internationally.

The school is seeking support to build on a small trial so that more than 100 Year 11 and 12 students can participate in the course by the end of 2018. Donations for this project will allow the school to purchase three new drones plus engage a drone instructor to co-deliver the certificate with Callaghan teachers.

Callaghan College is so determined to provide its students with these opportunities that it has worked with the NSW Board of Studies to ensure the Certificate III Aviation course could count towards a student's Higher School Certificate. Its exciting drone program has attracted the attention of leaders in the NSW Department of Industry and the NSW Department of Education, and is being watched with interest by schools across Australia.

Callaghan College Wallsend Campus

WALLSEND,

www.callaghancollege.com.au/wp