Brazilian Army Military personnel are trained to fly dronesBrazilian Army Military personnel are trained to fly drones

Brasília (DF) – Military personnel from the Brasília garrison were trained to operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RAPs), popularly known as “drones”. The course was given by the Management and Operational Center of the Amazon Protection System (Censipam), of the Ministry of Defense, from July 25 to 29.

The theoretical activities were concentrated at Censipam’s General Coordination Center. During the instructions, the aeronautical laws and norms, flight preparation, control applications, generation of cartographic products and good practices in the use of remotely piloted aircraft were covered.

“The course added technical knowledge and certified the drone pilot function, thus allowing the activity to be carried out based on the current legislation and within the piloting norms. The course content allowed the use of all available resources in the aircraft, including several monitoring and flight safety tools, fundamental for risk management,” said Second Lieutenant Ricardo Remedi Farias, from the Army Social Communication Center (CCOMSEx).

Simulated Missions

The Drone/RPAS Piloting Course – Class 3, whose models weigh between 250 grams and 25 kg, also included several simulated missions, carried out in the Brasilia National Forest, in Praça dos Cristais and in the Planalto Military Command (CMP). The participants were tested in reconnaissance, intelligence, surveillance, search and rescue operations, and in recording military activities.

Private Julio Cezar Martins Pereira, from the CMP Administration and Support Base, is in his first year in the Army and works in the production of photographic and audiovisual content for social communication. “It is a valuable opportunity, because this training will improve the quality of our outreach products, as well as bring relevant knowledge to the performance in military operations,” he said.

In all, 18 pilots received certification, registering in the Unmanned Aircraft System (SISANT), of the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac), and in SARPAS, developed by the Air Force to enable controlled access to the Brazilian Airspace by Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). Besides members of the Brazilian Army, military personnel from the Brazilian Navy and two Censipam employees also participated in the course.

Source: Military Command of the Planalto *** Translated with (free version) ***

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