New competence centre for smaller drones at HCA Airport

Henceforward, HCA Airport and UAS Denmark will provide the framework for the Ministry of Defence’s new competence centre for smaller drones. The centre supports the drone competencies that at present exist in and around the airport. 

The drone field experiences a rapid development, and smaller drones are particularly finding greater and greater applications in the Ministry of Defence. The Ministry of Defence is now establishing a group-wide competence centre for smaller drones at HCA Airport, which in the future is expected to train 100-150 drone operators annually.

The centre will bring about coherence between the smaller drone capacities that are purchased and applied within the group, and it will standardise the initial training of the drone operators.

Two essential components

The establishment of the competence centre thus supports the strong competencies that are rooted in and around HCA Airport and UAS Denmark when it comes to drone technology and flying drones. 

“The competence centre provides many opportunities for testing drones, and there is a strong professional environment in the centre. These two components are essential, and the centre really provides some unique opportunities that cannot be found elsewhere in Denmark,” Minister of Defence, Trine Bramsen (S) says. 

Close to the latest developments in the field

Geographically, the new competence centre will be located at UAS Denmark in HCA Airport, and it will be an extension of the existing triple helix collaboration, which has already been established within the drone field across research, industry and state.

The location is to ensure that the authorities of the Ministry of Defence are close to the latest developments in the field and that the capacities are used in the best possible way.

“It is important to our strengthening of the ecosystem that the Ministry of Defence is establishing a competence centre here in the airport, and there are many companies that want to both supply, cooperate and interact with the Ministry of Defence. Therefore, the establishment of the competence centre will for certain attract additional activities and bring about jobs to the airport, ” Chairman of the Board at HCA Airport, Kim Kenlev says. 

The new drone centre will engage two employees and will be initiated on January 1, 2022.

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