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AVN5106 Commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Operations

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 May 2022


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also referred to as ‘drones’ appear to be gaining much traction in the commercial sector. The proliferation and diversity in applications of UAVs has created a paradigm shift in air transportation, and paved a pathway for a new area for research across a range of disciplines. Additionally, the dramatic growth of UAVs in civil society has uncovered significant challenges imposed on UAV operators, the commercial air transport sector, air traffic control, government policy-makers and highlighted a range of socio-political risks. The significant technological and engineering discoveries have created far-reaching applications for UAVs. Their high mobility, versatility and effect of use in environments considered dangerous to humans, combined with the efficiency in reducing operating time, makes them a practical tool for a variety of tasks.

The challenge for aviation professionals and government officials is how to establish this new and emerging air transport vehicle while protecting the vitality of the industry and the freedom of the community. Business leaders, government officials, and the travelling public would prefer a ‘silver bullet’ to resolve the issues associated with planning and implementing UAV related applications into the current air transport regulatory regime. In reality, air transport and UAV operations are a complex and highly dynamic system, which requires the consideration of appropriate policies, strategies, tools, and processes. This course aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the emerging applications of UAVs and consider the complexities of UAV implementation while equipping them with the appropriate skills necessary for their future careers in the air transport industry.

Students will be introduced to the contemporary challenges impacting on UAV operations and applicable to the air transport industry. They will develop a sound understanding of the applications and technologies of UAV operations. While examining the genesis of UAV applications relating to civil air transport, students will explore the political, and economic impacts on society and air transport. They will gain an in-depth knowledge of human factors and labour markets associated with UAV implementation, and develop the skills necessary to address future safety risks. Also, relevant national and international legislation and regulation associated with UAV applications are explained.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 17 May 2022