Republic Polytechnic will teach you how to pilot a drone in two days

To meet the soaring demands of the industry, RP sets up a UAV training centre

It’s that time of the year again where prospective students visit polytechnics in hopes to find their dream school and course. But one polytechnic has unveiled their latest facility that can take their students to a whole new level in the industry.

On 5 January, RP (Republic Polytechnic) unveiled their UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) Training Centre that caters to anyone interested in learning how to operate drones.

The public can sign up for a two-day course of their choice ranging from videography, to substance release and even the assembly of UAVs just to name a few. Current diploma students studying aerospace avionics, aerospace engineering as well as interactive and digital media also learn how to use the drones as part of their curriculum.

“It’s a fun and enjoyable experience learning how to use the drones. There are so many uses for it like videography where you can get shots you will never get on land,” said 20-year-old Muhammad Firman, a final year diploma student who was taught basic drone operations in school.

Don't worry about crashing on your first try. While drone-flying lessons are conducted in the school field, participants are first taught through the simulators in centre to get a grip on the basic controls and build confidence, especially for beginners.

On the other side of the centre is where they house over 50 drones with wing spans ranging from 150mm to 1.2m. There, participants get a hands-on lesson with the drones and also learn how to assemble them if they sign up for the related course.

Course fee is S$1380 but can participants can use their S$500 SkillsFuture credit for deduction.

Sasidharan Nair, 39, a trainer and lecturer at RP said, “We used to go up on helicopters to get aerial shots for NDP, today we use drones. We used to get man to spray insecticides, today we use drones to release the substances. So, it’s a skill that will enhance your capabilities in the workforce.”

The courses aim to address the public and industry needs across sectors that include agriculture, construction, supply chain, and search and rescue operations just to name a few.

So if you are in the industry looking for a skillset that will help give you an upper hand or if you are just a hobbyist interested in taking amazing photos like these, check out Republic Poly’s Academy for Continuing Education for more information.

Meanwhile, if you are looking for an affordable drone to start your flying career, maybe this will help.