How long have you been working for the Ripper Academy?
Working with Ripper since Feb this year – 7 months, as an RPAS instructor and maintenance controller.
How did you first get into the drone industry and how long have you been in it?
I was forced into a career change after a work injury many moons ago, and helicopters were my second passion. I developed a drone from a model helicopter, taught myself how to fly it and applied to CASA for a licence. That was 2002, the same year CASA promulgated the first drone regulations, so I’ve been in the industry since the start of commercial drone operations in Australia.
What qualifications do you have?
- A RePL for Multi-rotor, Fixed Wing and Helicopter drones
- A Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
- CASA Instruments to train and assess Aviation Radio (AROC) and General English Language Proficiency (GELP)
- And over 300 hours of flight time
What do you love most about your job?
- Working with a reputable company at the cutting edge of industry tech and the phenomenal people I get to work with
- The challenges posed to develop solutions to make our technology operate safely in everyday dynamic environments
- Developing world class RPAS training courses and passing our knowledge to newcomers to the industry
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done with your job?
- AI enhanced flight operations are pretty special and will continue to break new ground, and Ripper Corporation is right there at the forefront of it
- Our Koala spotting operations at night, particularly the recent water-based flight ops, demonstrate a level of operating experience that is second to none, and highlights the efficiency and efficacy of drones over conventional environmental research methods