Civil Aviation College (CATC) from Tanzania, in collaboration with Pro Wings College of South Africa, has started a four-week pilot training course at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) Arusha. Thirteen participants are attending the training, three among them from the centre for Water Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Futures.

Launching the training, NM-AIST Vice Chancellor Prof. Emmanuel Luoga said the society could not avoid the use of drone due to importance.

Prof. Luoga added that, due to the growth of technological advances globally in recent years, the drone’s use has continued to increase and be used in military, agriculture, sports activities, documentary and research activities,  so training staff is part of ensuring safety during its use.

A representative of the South Africa Pro Wings, Mr Benjamin Mabela, said they have been offering such training across African and appreciated the Tanzania authorities’ initiative.

Despite its high cost of operations, drones have successfully been used in anti-poaching patrols by some community conservation projects.

One of them is the Endumient Wildlife Management area straddling Longido and Siha districts’ borders in the Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions.

Vice-Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), Prof. Emmanuel Luoga launching a drone training course at NM-AIST Arusha,(left side) South African Pro Wings Trainer Benjamin Mabeta.