VAP’s chief instructor, David Carlos is an expert in this field, and has well over 1500 hours of complex RPAS flight time. He is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and expertise in the field to enhance RPAS safety and best practice.
As of October of 2018, Victoria Air Photos (Training Division) is now expanding our UAV pilot training to include online instruction options. The online courses we are currently working on will not sacrifice any of material and content we cover in our traditional 3-day proven UAS 101 program done in person.
Online courses have some advantages, including the ability reach to those who live far away from our training centre, and it can be self paced.
There has never been a better time to get started in the RPAS industry or make a career out of it. The need for qualified UAV pilots is only forecasted to increase dramatically over the next 10 years.
Transport Canada is also in the process of rolling out new regulations based on TP15263. This is governing drones/RPAS pilot knowledge and training requirements. These new regulations now include a detailed exam for Advanced UAV commercial pilots. The online course will allow the RPAS operator to be ready for these changes as they are placed into effect heading into 2019.
VAP Training has trained well over 1000 student pilots since 2013 and have great reviews from many successful drone operators currently flying across the country.
We foresee the online program being equally or even better received once we are ready to launch.
We will make sure we deliver the critically visual and audio learning techniques in the interactive, online training programs as well.