We're equipping commercial UAV pilots of the future with the best, updated, advanced training in UAS studies which will increase safety and professionalism for all.
VAP has developed commercial UAS operator training program and we are included as one of the few schools on Transport Canada’s list of compliant training organizations. The lead UAV flight instructor and speaker David Carlos is an expert UAV multi-rotor pilot and business owner with over 800 hours of logged Complex UAV flight time (including student instruction) in Canada.
The course content is based on updated (TP 15263) Transport Canada knowledge requirements for commercial UAV pilots operating drones in Canada. See below:
(UAS 101 Basic) 4 day (Multi-Rotor) Certificate Program
Note: VAP Training is currently extending the course instruction time by one full day starting in October 2017. This extension is to allow for more instructional time for new knowledge requirements by Transport Canada for UAV pilots.
The next UAS 101 course dates for 2017
VAP Training can accommodate groups interested in conducting the UAS 101 program at their own location. Please contact David Carlos for details.
UAS 101 (Multi-Rotor) Location: Island Savings, Mayfair Mall 3195 Douglas Street Victoria, BC (unless directed otherwise).
New Updated and Advanced 4 Day UAS 101 Course Cost $775 + gst
Basic Applicant Prerequisites
UAS 101 will include 4 full days of intense UAV pilot ground school, handouts, homework assignments, and flight theory training followed by an exam based on TP 15263 – Knowledge Requirements for Pilots of Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems (UAV) 25 kg or Less, Operating within Visual Line of Sight.
The Radio Operator's Certificate ROC (aeronautical) is included in the study (test to be done by certified ROC test examiner on students' own time). VAP will soon be able to conduct test for students' ROC-A certificate.
Day 4 will be a practical flight training for each student on a field and/or an indoor controlled environment.
(Flight training can be done on the student's small, light-weight, rugged quad copter trainer. Students should have at least 10 hours of flight/air time on a trainer prior to the course start date)
Flight School (3rd Day)
Students will see demonstrations on how to safely control, navigate and land the UAV multi-rotor in a designated zone with no GPS or autopilot assistance. Students will be shown simulated emergency situations and be trained to provide the instructor with a proper checklist to deal with the scenario (IE UAV unresponsive, out of control, out of sight, in a collision, etc). Students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their own ability to fly in various situations as well.
Note: Students who have little or no experience flying RC aircraft including multi rotors should discuss with the instructor what the best option to begin flight training is. The instructor will likely recommend the Student UAV Ground School Kit, in order to prepare for class. Various flight simulators are also recommended to enhance hands on skills for flying RC and FPV.
After passing the written exam (60% pass) students will be awarded the certificate of UAS training from VAP. The session will end by lunch on the 4th day and after certificates are issued.
Note: While this workshop will help in your UAV/UAS training, finishing this course will not necessarily guarantee that you will immediately qualify for an SFOC. Transport Canada inspectors, officers and staff will assess each candidate on a case by case basis. Certificates will be granted based on the applicant's intentions with UAS, training certificates, experience, and demonstrated knowledge in the aviation and UAS field.
UAS 101 training may also help you towards a ground crew (observer) position in a commercial UAV operation and qualify you for future advanced UAS courses which will be offered.
The training program will discuss your UAV system and build you to a level which will be suitable for your situation. If you have no experience flying manned aircraft or RC aircraft, you will need help. You will need guidance and training to avoid costly mistakes and potential serious injury, damage, lawsuits, fines or even jail time!
This licence (SFOC) is for those who fly drones/UAV's or any RC aircraft, professionally and for hire, profit, research, and/or any benifit/monetary compensation. It requires the holders to understand aviation, have applicable training and prove their UAS operations can be done safety
SFOC holders as well as applicants are also required to be medically fit for the UAS pilot duty. The Class 4 MED Declaration TC FORM HERE
It can be very difficult choosing a UAS platform best for your specific application. VAP is available to provide free ongoing product support and advise for those training.
Working with partners, we will help you with any issues and questions you may have as you progress into the future.
A majority of UAV flights in built up areas will likely take place in some kind of "controlled" airspace. UAV's in these zones may pose a serious collision hazard to aircraft. These manned aircraft may include seaplanes, helicopters/rotory wing aircraft (Air Ambulance), ultra-lights/gliders, parachutes, and other fixed wing aircraft. All of these aircraft may fly below 400 feet AGL at times.
A UAV pilot, or even the recreational RC pilot must clearly understand how to mitigate and avoid these safety risks.
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