My Drone Course Experience, written by Cian Ryan, Year 11
I have recently started a brand-new HSC course which was only introduced this year, the technical name being ‘Aviation: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)’.
The main goal of the course is to get a remote-control pilot licence, a certificate in aviation and an operator’s certificate. I will be learning everything
possible about drones! This includes operating a drone, aviation laws, physics of flight, meteorology, map and chart reading, safety procedures and
much more. With these qualifications I could enter the fast-growing industry and start work straight away.
Currently, I travel two hours on public transport each Tuesday to Pendle Hill High School, which is where the closest course is hosted. Each session lasts
for over three hours. Even though the course is only worth four units, all the content and exams are done over four terms.
If more students were to sign up for the course next year, it could possibly be running somewhere closer to Covie, saving a lot of hassle for the students
and staff! I personally am very passionate with anything aviation-related – and drones are no exception – but this would still be a challenging and
rewarding course for lots of students.
Never would I have thought that in my time at school I would be able to extend my knowledge about drones and fly them as part of the HSC. This course opens
the many doors into industry – it is so relevant to our ever-changing world. With the qualifications I will soon get, I will have the opportunity to
begin a career in areas like photography (for events, news and real estate), surveying and emergency services. I highly recommend the course to anybody
looking for a subject that will truly extend and enrich their future opportunities.