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29th March 2018

Engineering students at York College attended a presentation by local aviation training provider and drone company Pilotwise International Ltd, giving them a valuable insight into the technology and laws currently involved with drones.

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Being up-close to one of the company’s large drones gave Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations students and apprentices from Siemens, the perfect opportunity to find out more and ask questions about the unmanned aerial vehicle which, in this instance, is currently used for agriculture research. Mal Bruce, Head of Operations (Engineering) at Pilotwise also spoke about what employers in the industry are looking for in their future employees.

At an earlier visit, Mal Bruce was joined by Rob Dixon, Business Development Director at Pilotwise, who engaged digital technology and engineering students in conversations about potential careers in the RAF.

Engineering student Paul Johnson wanted to find out the drone’s capability to return to its original landing site once the batteries power levels had dropped to a certain level. After the presentation Paul spoke about the possibility of going to Pilotwise to carry out some work shadowing. He said: It’s an area of engineering I have not been involved in before and it’s very interesting.”

Si Wheeler, Learning Assistant in the College’s Engineering Division, said: “The staff at Pilotwise gave our students an excellent overview of drone technology and legislation. In the near future we hope to develop further links with the company, perhaps setting up student work placements.”

 

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