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Well I have been out of work (full time work) for about 9 months and had given up looking. I have been working retail at a local pet shop 3 days a week and doing some computer repair work when I can get it (last position was IT Manager, Senior System Admin and Software Development Team Manager for a College with 17 sites around the country).

After a discussion on another forum about what the licensing and legalities are around the world I did some investigations on the costs of formal training. I didnít find anything that caught my interest so I let it be, especially since down here under 2kg does not require a license to fly commercially.

Thanks to Google and Facebook I started to receive training and drone adds in my Facebook feed. One caught my eye so I thought what the hell and sent in an enquiry form. A few days later I get a phone call at 7.30 at night that I normally would not answer and low and behold it was that company! Had a good long chat as he was a really nice guy, talked about my long (40 year) obsession with RC aircraft etc, but decided in my current position I could not afford the course.

Two weeks later I get another call from him, this time asking if I would be interested in being a trainer or a commercial drone pilot based on my background! A few emails later they are asking for my resume and then a meeting with the head of the Education section.

Thinking it all sounded to good to be true, I set the meeting time and date and rocked up to meet for a coffee as agreed. Met and spoke for over an hour about the company, their business, their future, then me, my past etc etc.. with as it turned out one of the owners of the company. Company has been around for 10 years building commercial quality drones for individual specific purposes, doing most of the mine surveys, have government and military contracts, have been involved in training for a few years and now are breaking into the secondary education system down here with formal Avionics training.

Meeting ended with being told I was exactly what they are looking for and would I be interested in initially doing contract training and commercial drone work, followed most likely by full time later in the year as the training side increases and possibly replacing the chief pilot so he can work more on the engineering side of the business!

Needless to say I said yes! I will be trained up and qualified in night and Outside line of sight flights and in flying 25kg+ commercial drones in public. Am I excited? Maybe a little... just have to wait til after Christmas for the formal offer and had to share as I still canít believe it myself!


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Awesome news David, congratulations!

Great timing too.


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Awesome news David, congratulations!

Great timing too.


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Great gift. Being paid to do what you love is the best situation. Good start to 2018.
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Congratulations Dave

Will be interested in more info on the training too
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Just an update. I have finished my RePL theory and passed my 3 day practical by 11am on the first day for multicopters over 2kg (I guess 40 years of flying model aircraft paid off there!).

Will be starting this Friday by helping out the sales team follow up enquires then will be facilitating the online component and running practicals when needed. Will also now start studying for my TAE and the Cert3 and Diploma in Aeronautics so I can be the facilitator for the upcoming QLD Tafe course. THEN... I start working on the cert2 engineering course for schools where kids will be taught flight theory and how to build their own drone and pass their RePL too.

If anyone is interested in their CASA RePL license let me know and I can forward you some details. Theory is totally online and the practicals are currently done in most capital cities plus Gold Coast, plus I will be setting up practical training and competency testing on the Sunshine Coast too.

This is looking like being a really good year!


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