Drone academy opening in North Wales

4 September 2018, 09:00 | Updated: 4 September 2018, 09:03

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Young people in North Wales will get the chance to learn how to operate drones safely.

Drone Academy is being set up at the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre in Llanbedr, giving young people aged between 14 and 19 years old the opportunity to learn how to operate drones.

The Snowdonia Aerospace Centre is one of only two locations in the UK which allow drones to be flown with reduced regulations within a 10km radius of the airfield. 

Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig and Gwynedd Council are funding the Academy which will run every Saturday between the 15th of September and the 20th of October 2018. Applications are now being accepted for a place at the academy, which will be completely free for young people aged between 14 and 19 years old.

Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig Manager Zoe Pritchard explains “Young people will learn how to use drones safely in a controlled environment. The project will be designed to encourage teamwork, critical thinking, and creativity. There will be demonstrations, hands-on activities, and real-world discussions making learning fun.

“We will have guest speakers from many different fields such as Mountain Rescue, Agriculture, North Wales Police and Photography. This will help to highlight the many new job opportunities that are arising through the developments in drone technology.”