Pranav Chitte, aviation consultant, Pune Municipal Corporation, on different scopes in the drone technology industry
From classifying drones to the use of drones in agriculture, Pranav Chitte, aviation consultant, Pune Municipal Corporation, spoke on “Career opportunities in drone technology in India” at a webinar organised by
the Aerospace Engineering department of MIT ADT University, Pune, on August 13.
Chitte, who has worked on several projects with the Maharashtra and Goa governments, is also the owner of PBC’s Aero Hub that provides services like aerial photography and videography, aerial banner towing, airshow and aeromodelling. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, he worked in several MNCs in areas like Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) design and development, and autopilot integration.
The hour-long virtual session was moderated by Rahul Makade, professor of Aerospace Engineering, MIT ADT University.
Excerpts from the session...
· Any machine which is flying and has no man inside but is controlled from the ground through remote or any other technology is known as Drone or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
· The drone has evolved into a useful tool for our society. What began as a military project has expanded its range of activities over time. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has classified drones based on weight, design and range. In India, drones are called Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).
· The global market for commercial drones is increasing at an exponential rate with more and more organisations using this technology for varied purposes. It is predicted that this industry will reach 1.8 billion dollars by 2022. Due to the pandemic, several other avenues are coming up in our country for the application of this technology.
· Drone technology is making a significant impact on agriculture in India. It is being used to apply pesticides once the crops are growing, checking the health of the crop and other purposes. In the next two years, nearly 80% of the agriculture market will consist of drones.
· Drone technology is being used widely in the real estate sector for aerial surveys and 3D modelling. Drones are also helping in environmental conservation and wildlife monitoring, law enforcement, geographical mapping, archaeological surveys, weather forecasting, air traffic management, sports tourism and entertainment industries.
· You can either become an entrepreneur or join an organisation that is involved in these sectors to build your career in drone technology.
· Several organisations are assisting the country’s growing agriculture tech industry, particularly with the emergence of corporate farming.
· There are numerous career opportunities available in the emerging sector like drone pilot, drone engineer, drone instructor, analyst, IT support, on-field support, assembly Engineer, back-office support.
· According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation and DGCA, every pilot has a flying licence and training from DGCA-approved RPTO should be taken online through digital sky platforms.
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