On 1 June 2015, Garuda Robotics was in the first wave to receive the CAAS Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UOP). As increasing numbers of customers looked to us for training to safely operate their new drones, we saw the need for a formal, systematic drone pilot training system.
In July 2017, we officially launched Garuda Robotics Academy with P01: Professional Multirotor Pilot Course – a structured, intensive 5-day course designed for one purpose: training pilots to the standard required to obtain the CAAS UOP.
In July 2020, Garuda Robotics Academy sets the standard for professional drone training in the region, as the first in Singapore to receive CAAS approval as an Unmanned Aircraft Training and Assessment Organisation (UATO). With the launch of the new UA training and licensing framework in Singapore, only UATOs may conduct training and assessment for the Unmanned Aircraft Pilot License (UAPL) after undergoing thorough vetting of their training system and curriculum.
All UATO training and assessment activities are conducted under the “UATO.SG by Garuda Robotics” brand. UATO.SG also maintains a roster of Approved Flight Examiners (AFE) who are the only personnel qualified to conduct practical flight assessments and proficiency checks for the UAPL.