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DJI Brings The UTC Programme To Europe

Massimiliano Zeuli | Filmmaker and DJI ARS Instructor
27 September 2018 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, has launched the UTC (Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Center) in Europe. The programme is  designed to provide individual and commercial drone operators with professional training in the classroom and in the field. The European UTC Program will start in the Netherlands on two campuses offering two curriculums: A curriculum dedicated to aerial photography and a curriculum dedicated to industrial inspection. The two campuses are located at Space53 in Enschede and at DFC in Hoofddorp and will be run by local training partner Drone Flight Academy.

Massimiliano Zeuli | UTC | DJI Academy Instructor (Italy)

“Many industries benefit from utilizing drone technology in Europe and globally. DJI wants to help businesses to benefit from drone technology, not just through our hardware and software solutions, but also through education and empowerment,” said Barbara Stelzner, Director of Corporate Communication at DJI EMEA.

As interest around aerial technology continues to grow and with more enterprises adopting drones for their workflow, the goal of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Center is to establish a global industry standard, so that professionals and enterprises can take advantage of this amazing technology. The UTC programme will address drone applications across different industries and help businesses complete tasks safer, faster and with greater efficiency than ever before.  

The aerial photography curriculum will include the operational know-how (e.g. basic UAS regulations, product knowledge, flight planning and operational best practices) as well as the creative aspect (e.g. camera knowledge, aerial photography techniques and the post-production process).

The industrial inspection curriculum will empower participants with the technical and operational know-how as well as hands-on experience in inspection scenarios of infrastructures, power lines, solar panels, bridge structures and power plants.

At the end of each course participants will need to complete a knowledge and flight test. Once they have  successfully passed the tests, they will receive a certificate from UTC. Due to the cooperation with Drone Flight Academy, the participants will additionaly receive the Remotely Piloted Aircraft License issued by the Civil Aviation Authority and required for commercial drone pilots in The Netherlands.

The UTC curriculums and contents were designed by DJI with input from industry experts. Drone Flight Academy will carry out the training in the classroom and in the field with special emphasis on local applications. DJI will also work closely with Drone Flight Academy to ensure quality and consistency of the programme and expand the UTC curriculums into other verticals in the near future.

As demand for DJI's aerial imaging technology continues to grow, the UTC programme will empower professionals and companies with the necessary knowledge and skills they need to become faster and more efficient in their line of work. The programme will also help to nurture a new pool of talent and bring new business opportunities, especially in the areas of surveying, construction, inspection and public safety. DJI and its partners look forward to working with professionals and enterprises in Europe to grow the UAS ecosystem and bring drone technology to different industries.

Since its inception in China in 2016, the UTC programme has been set up in more than 150 campuses in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Malaysia and trained more than 25,000 UAS application professionals.

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