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Thanks to our proven technological capabilities – Robotics : Mechanics : Electronics Computing, V-TOL Aerospace guarantees its clients a complete technical, operational and servicing solution.

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Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authorities (CASA) initiative ten years ago to legislate regulations and a pathway for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) commercialization in Australia has resulted in the world’s first aviation authority approved Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) pilot training program.

Brisbane based V-TOL Aerospace Pty Ltd, has gained that coveted approval from CASA and will deliver its programs under the Australian Unmanned Systems Academy (AUSA) brand at Marburg, near RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland.

The full time two-week training program involves both theory and practical flying instruction which if students are successful, secures them a CASA issued ‘Remote Pilot’s Certificate’ allowing them to be employed as pilots in the commercial UAV industry.
V-TOL Director, Kelvin Hutchinson confirmed that the first training program will be held later in May and that interest in the program is very encouraging in Australia and overseas.

“Its taken four years in close collaboration with CASA to achieve this major milestone in Australia”. “We have significant interest from course applicants as well as major aviation interests overseas that want to establish similar programs” said Mr Hutchinson.

Click here to visit the AUS Academy website

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Senior students from Maryborough State High School recently visted V-TOL’s Marburg Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS/UAV) Flight Training facility.  The aim of the visit was to introduce the students to RPAS technology, show them how RPAS pilots are being trained in the civilian sector and the applications RPAS technology is and will be used for.

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V-TOL is committed to collaborative & applied R&D. Working with our project partners, V-TOL’s R&D primarily focuses on taking new Australian ideas and innovative technologies from the lab to the Nation’s ‘core’ economic industries. V-TOL’s aim is to establish a sustainable supply chain of clever products & services that are cost-effective, can value-add to Australia’s GDP & can be exported to the rapidly emerging global market opportunity.

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V-TOL is committed to collaborative & applied research and development (R&D). Working with our project partners, V-TOL’s R&D primarily focuses on taking new Australian ideas and innovative technologies from the lab to the Nation’s ‘core’ economic industries. V-TOL’s aim is to establish a sustainable supply chain of clever products & services that are cost-effective, can value-add to Australia’s GDP & can be exported to the rapidly emerging global market opportunity.

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V-TOL provides extensive technical and advisory support to industry, government and it’s commercial customers. With over 10 years operational experience in the Australian commercial airborne robotics UAS sector, V-TOL has built a respected reputation in applying & linking regulatory requirements to commercial applications, platform design, technology development, product manufacturing (3D modelling & printing), flight operations & systems support.

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V-TOL is a CASA approved training organisation. The Australian Unmanned Systems Academy (AUSA) is the education & training organisation of V-TOL (ausacademy.org). AUSA is a global leader in qualifying individuals in the commercial operations of RPAS & UAS. AUSA also provides advisory services to industry, government agencies, & corporations in the acquisition, capability development & sustainment of this technology within their organisations. High profile customers include Australian law enforcement agencies, ADF, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, and three (3) Australasian national airspace regulators.

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V-TOL offers a range of small-UAV and UAS flight services. These services cover a range of airborne geospatial intelligence applications, including, but not limited to:

  • Airborne Surveillance, 3D Survey & Mapping, Aerial Monitoring, Asset Management, Evidence & Forensics. V-TOL RPAS flight operations are supported by our geospatial specialists who support mission planning, data processing, data analysis, mission reporting, online delivery, and data storage.
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V-TOL supplies, designs, develops, and manufactures customised & compliant small Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) & Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). V-TOL applies and links current & projected future Australian & International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regulatory requirements to it’s products & value-adding applications to deliver cost-effective solutions. As a manufacturer and 3rd party supplier of UAS products, V-TOL provides the critical advantage of OEM level in-country technical systems & customer support.