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UAS 101 Basic (Multi-Rotor) Pilot Certificate Program

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 pilot training certificate program since 2013 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.

Carlos is also a approved ROC-A emaminer. VAP's  ROC-A training course and exam details here

  • Classes for groups are also offered in Vancouver, BC and the instructor can travel to your location to conduct the program.

The course content is based on updated (TP 15263) Transport Canada knowledge requirements for commercial UAV pilots operating drones in Canada. See below:

TP 15263 – Knowledge Requirements for Pilots of Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems (UAV) 25 kg or Less, Operating within Visual Line of Sight

(UAS 101 Basic) 3 day (Multi-Rotor) Certificate Program

Note: VAP Training is currently extending the course instruction time starting in October 2017. This extension is for more instructional time for new knowledge requirements by Transport Canada for UAV pilots.

The next UAS 101 and 200 (Advanced) course dates for 2017-2018

  • January 22-24, 2018 + UAS 200 January 25-26, 2018
  • February 23-25, 2018
  • March 19-21, 2018 + UAS 200 March 22-23, 2018
  • April 20-22, 2018
  • May 25-27, 2018


UAS 101 (Multi-Rotor) Location: Island Savings, Mayfair Mall 3195 Douglas Street Victoria, BC (unless directed otherwise).

New Advanced 3 Full Day UAS 101 Course Cost $775 + gst 

UAS 101 & 200 Cost: $1250.00 + gst

Students in class for Pilot Training

Basic Applicant Prerequisites


UAS 101 will include 3 full days of intense UAV pilot ground school, handouts, homework assignments, and flight theory training followed by an exam based on TP 15263Knowledge 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. David Carlos of VAP is now an approved Industry Canada ROC-A examiner. He can conduct the test for students' ROC-A certificate in conjunction with the UAS 101 course or higher. Please advise if you would like to take the ROC-A test (70% pass).

Part of Day 3 will include practical flight training for each student on a field and/or an indoor controlled environment. We will also review material covered and wirte the ROC-A Exam.

(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)

Students in gymnasium for indoors Pilot Training

Flight School (3rd Day)

In addition to reviewing UAS 101 subject matter, students will see actual 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). They will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their own ability to fly in various situations as well.

For information on UAS 200 please see this page

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 ROC-A will be issued after passing the test (70%) and Industry Canada has processed the application.

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, 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 

Langford Fire Department graduates

Link to YouTube Video: Some shots and video of our last UAS 101 class here!

Some shots and video of a UAS 101 class here!

Looking for a place to stay?

Quality Inn at the Waddling Dog  

This nice hotel is strategically located next to our UAV practice area meeting room for day 3 of UAS 101. It has all amenities and is near to trasnportation. Ask about VAP student discounts for hotel stays and click here for Inn map and contact infromation.

Required Text

Textbook: UNMANNED - Textbook for UAS Studies


Product Support

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.

Call Victoria Air Photos and Survey at 250 .883.4229


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