AirAsia secures CAAM license to fly drones

AirAsia has announced that it has secured its Certificate of Approval (COA) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), to conduct remote drone pilot training. The classroom training will be conducted at AirAsia Academy located in KL Sentral and practical training will be conducted at the YMCA Kuala Lumpur field, adjacent to KL Sentral.

Chief Safety Officer, AirAsia Group, Captain Ling Liong Tien said: “We are thrilled to be the first in Malaysia to win approval from CAAM for the accreditation of our remote pilot training organization (RPTO). The team has been working closely together with CAAM for months. We thank the regulator for their ongoing support and really look forward to starting our first class in coming weeks.

“The idea behind becoming an RPTO is to support the industry by providing quality remote pilot training leveraging our strong aviation background and decades of expertise. The UAS (unmanned aircraft system) has become an important element in many industries driving cost effectiveness and numerous efficiencies.

“Our commitment is to develop a strong foundation, supported by our existing robust safety management system, crew resource management and human factors training programs along with the remote pilot training modules – both in the class and out in the field,” he said.

The latest development supports the upcoming drone pilot project for the delivery of goods from airasia’s e-commerce platforms, using automated drones.

The approved training courses and links to apply are listed below:

  1. RCOC-B (Remote Pilot Certificate of Competency – Basic) (5 days) here

  2. RCOC Module 1 (EVLOS) (Extended Visual Line of Sight) (2 days) here

  3. SMS (Safety Management System) (3 Days) here

  4. CRM (Crew Resource Management) (2 Days) here