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ArduPilot Certified Training Courses Now Available on SIMNET Academy Platform

Updated: Sep 7, 2023



Summary

Drawing from the lessons of manned aviation, enabling a deeper integration of drone technologies into our daily lives will require improving safety and reliability through rigorous attention to the standardization of operations and pilot training. SIMNET Academy offers the first web-based platform that allows drone manufacturers and service providers to easily deliver standardized, platform-specific, simulation-based training lessons to pilots around the globe. SIMNET has now partnered with the ArduPilot Project to release certified courses on how to use ArduPilot-powered drones. These courses, which are now available to pilots worldwide through the SIMNET website, equip pilots with standardized best practices for utilizing ArduPilot-powered UAS. Join us in advancing safer drone integration by accessing the training program at www.simnet.aero/academy.


The continued integration of drone technologies into our daily lives requires a heightened emphasis on safety and reliability. As proven by the history of manned aviation, achieving high safety standards requires shifting the focus beyond the technology itself, into the standardization of operations, pilot training, and human factors. Indeed, we are already seeing regulators around the globe start tightening standards around pilot training and operations. SIMNET Academy provides the first web-based platform that allows drone manufacturers and service providers to easily deliver standardized, platform-specific, simulation-based training lessons to pilots worldwide.


ArduPilot is a leading open-source autopilot system for autonomous vehicles, designed to provide a reliable and flexible platform for controlling aerial vehicles ranging from small hobbyist drones to large professional aerial systems. While simulation tools have played a crucial role in its development and evolution, the widespread use of simulation for training ArduPilot pilots remains limited, due to the difficulty of sourcing, distributing, and setting up adequate simulation tools.


SIMNET has now partnered with the ArduPilot Project to fill this gap by developing the first ArduPilot-certified training courses available to pilots worldwide. The courses have been crafted by the SIMNET team in close collaboration with Randy Mackay, lead ArduCopter developer, as well as other ArduPilot developers in order to deliver lessons that capture the best practices and pro tips when using ArduPilot systems.

Sample training scenario, where students needs to fly manually through waypoints.

As of now, two courses have been launched, emphasizing the foundational aspects of controlling ArduPilot multicopters in both manual and autonomous flight modes. Future offerings will delve into more advanced subjects, including strategies for addressing ArduPilot failsafes, along with guidance on operating fixed-wing and VTOL aircraft.


These courses adopt a self-guided approach, combining multimedia-based theoretical lessons with simulation-driven training exercises. These exercises prompt learners to employ the Mission Planner ground control station for mission planning and execution within realistically recreated flight environments. The assessment mechanism within the SIMNET Academy system gauges student performance, ultimately awarding an official certificate upon course completion. The web-based format means that users can start simulation-based training within minutes, with minimal hardware requirements and setup time.

Autonomous flight training scenario using Mission Planner to plan and execute solar panel survey mission

In conclusion, as drone technologies become more integrated into our lives, ensuring safety and reliability is paramount. This requires prioritizing proper operations, training, and human factors. SIMNET's partnership with the ArduPilot Project aims to standardize pilot training through certified simulation-based online courses. Through these joint efforts, a safer and more proficient future for the UAV community is being forged.


Join us in advancing safer drone integration by accessing the training program at www.simnet.aero/academy.



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