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University of Alicante and European Flyers have just launched a drone pilot course and, from September, they will offer an Air Transport Pilot undergraduate degree




Alicante. Tuesday, 17 January 2017

University of Alicante President Manuel Palomar and European Flyers Chairman Luis Miñano have announced a new project by implementing several joint flight training actions. Among the most immediate actions, which also includes some from the Mutxamel Airfield, one of the best located private premises in Spain, we point out the training courses in drone pilot training that will be launched on 7 February, and implementation of an Airline Transport Pilot undergraduate degree which will become the first university degree in Aeronautics within the Mediterranean Arch.

During the meeting, held in the  UA President's office, several objectives were set such as expanding these training initiatives with some research actions to advance technology in the aeronautical sector and drones. The teaching activity will be carried out by both university lecturers and professional experts. Through these actions, several thematic axes will be proposed so that they can be applied through specific agreements with action programmes, work methodology and specific means for their implementation. As far as research is concerned, the university president stated that "scientific capabilities must be included in strategic sectors by providing new technological applications and help them grow". As for drones, other than knowing how to pilot them, the future lies in "training operators in the new applications of these devices".  Prof. Guillermo Bernabeu, from the Department of Physics, Systems Engineering and Signal Theory will lead the first course that begins on 7 February at the Polytechnic School. The application deadline is 25 January 2017

As stated by Luis Miñano, this alliance "represents a great step in the development of joint activities for the dissemination, training and research around the aeronautical professional sector internationally. Due to the increasing growth of the sector at the moment , recent studies have revealed that in the next two decades more than 500,000 new pilots worldwide will be required ". According to the UA president, "this is a fundamental advance that will allow us to attend to very specific training demands for higher education that place the University of Alicante at the forefront offering strategic undergraduate degrees". It is the intention of both parties to offer this new degree as an own undergraduate degree for the next academic year.

Because of its perfect location and weather conditions, Alicante is an ideal setting for the international pilot's training, mainly for those from northern European countries. Not surprisingly, European Flyers already has over 20% international students registered.

Also, during the meeting, the increasing growth of two other European Flyers companies linked to the project was discusssed, the Mutxamel Airfield of and Heligrafics Fotogrametria, the latter a service company in the field of Information and Communication Technology applied to the observation and surveillance in emergencies and LIDAR mapping with state-of-the-art airborne imaging sensors.

European Flyers is the largest flight training centre in southern Europe resulting from merging the two most traditional and experienced aeronautical companies in Spain with bases in Cuatro Vientos (Madrid) and Mutxamel (Alicante).

A 25-year experienced and trustworthy company for future pilots focused on training excellence that provides comprehensive training actions for the sector.

Statements by Luis Miñano



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