This afternoon was very experiencing for me. I met Subhan (AE 11) to take an interview with him. I visited his office (workshop-included) in Margaasih. His office is beside Pak Djoko’s house. Subhan explained that BETA focus on manufacturing. Its products are UAV with three types : fixed-wing, muti-rotor, and hybrid. 2018 is second year since this company legally built in 2016. Like a year before, 2018 still focus on prototyping beside doing market research in oil&gas industry. Subhan was very optimistic for the future of this company that it will grab large portion of pie in using UAV for surveillance. This company produces UAV for civilian.
First time I knew UAVINDO Nusantara as Unmaned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) company, a small enterprise that produce UAV or drone. But, after taking much interview with its player including its founder and director right now, this a solution-based company with aerodynamics as its core basic technology. So, since this company built in 2000s, variety of UAV that’s successfully produced just several. But it has many another products like wind tunnel, skydiving tunnel, survey car, and so on. When I asked its director last minute ago he convinced me that UAVINDO is solution-based company with aerodynamics as its core competency. He chosed that concern (not a drone company with its manufacturing) because of long history of this company when initially built. Its nature was not absolutely commercial, there was spirit to educate. In my term, this company is an university that only focus in solving problem using aerial technology. Wait my long story about this company in my upcoming book.
This time I am waiting for interview with a former engineer at UAVINDO, now he has a company that concern in mapping. He said that he is in a meeting place, I then replied “I will wait”. Because of his reply on WhatsApp I stopped working with my laptop. I then choose to write in this blog. As you know, this is my first time being at Coffee Bene. I ordered a cup of iced lattee costs 33k rupiahs. It’s scenery is so good if you want to work or just hanging out with your friends. But for me, I prefer other place like Yellow Truck at Linggawastu. Not because of price but because it’s atmosphere is good for leisure like if you want date with your girl friend.
I have just finished interview with Pak Sofan, a teammate member of UAVINDO in the first beginning. I explored what he did when working together with Pak Djoko. He said that Pak Djoko gave him many opportunities to run big projects and meet with many bosses. So these experiences stimulate his confidence when he run a company independently. He now run a company that have 100s employees. “For the next opportunity in mapping business is big data”, he said. I do agree.
If I write down in this blog means that I am in going to continue my project. I have told about this several days ago but it must be suspended because my another project must be done first. Well, a cup of coffee is ready, I have just watched several videos in youtube that describe about drone company ; national and international. Beside that I rewatched again about my senior profile whose capacity in buiding drone for mapping for the purpose of research. I do believe that what I am doing right now have much benefits. It’s not about narcism but to report what have national company achieved in developing drone technology. How to make our company to be scaled up is not about technical capability but also another elements. As alumnae of development studies and also being a researcher is school of business, I am encouraged to show those elements to make every single stakeholders needed understands to make a breakthrough. In my mind, the way to realize a technological state one and only is we must understand our existing problems including all aspects (elements) that shape them.
I have just completed reading about Pak Juprianto’thesis. His thesis told about how to create strategical policy to develop UAV technology in Indonesia. I underlined some points ; First, there are several parts in building UAV as commecialized product that not fully done by Indonesian company, second, no effective coordination between government (as client and investor) and company (practical bussinessman and engineer), third, very necessary to create site plan (roadmap) to develop UAV industry by comprehensive discussion. Beside that, from his thesis, I knew condition of UAV industry in Indonesia (author gives 3 samples). I think discussing this theme (broader in aerospace industry) will be more interesting. I have just read abstract of Pak Sulfikar Amir’s dissertation. I have some opinions to his thesis, but maybe I will discuss deeply after I complete my thesis.
Last morning, I visited Pak Djoko’s workshop. I discussed with his students who work in there. Maybe this saturday morning, I will go to there again to watch flying-test (read : playing drone).