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UAS 101 Basic (RPAS Multi-Rotor) Pilot Certificate Program

We're equipping commercial sRPAS pilots of the future with the best, updated, advanced training in studies which will promote safety and professionalism for all.

Be a Transport Canada approved RPAS Pilot who is trained and certified from the experts!

 VAP has developed commercial RPAS pilot training certificate program since 2013 and we are included as one of Transport Canada’s compliant training organizations.

Instructor David Carlos is an expert RPAS multi-rotor pilot, as well business owner with over 2000 hours of logged Complex RPAS flight time (including student instruction) in Canada.

ROC-A: Carlos is also an approved Radio Operators Certificate - Aeronautical  ROC-A examiner. VAP's ROC-A training course details here

Custom classes, dates, and training sessions are also offered to groups in Victoria, Lower Mainland, BC, Alberta and the Territories.

(RPAS 101)  (Multi-Rotor) Pilot Certificate Program.   More dates TBA. Note you can begin your first steps of the online section anytime after registration.

New RPAS 101 Online/In-Person Flight Training Dates

Aug 27-28, 2020 from 0900 -1500  (NEW DATES)

Sept 16-17, 2020 from 0900-1200  

Sept 30-1, 2020 from 0900-1500

Oct 15-16, 2020 from 0900-1500

Oct 17-18, 2020 from 0900-1500 (RPAS 200 Pro Practical Flight Training Workshop)

Nov 20-21, 2020 from 0900-1500


Register using our new Online Form now!

RPAS 101 (Multi-Rotor) Location: Island Savings, Mayfair Mall 3195 Douglas Street Victoria, BC (unless directed otherwise) Outdoor flight practice area in Saanichton, BC.

Students in class for Pilot Training

Basic Applicant Prerequisites


More course Details: RPAS 101 will include 25 Hours of intense pilot ground school, handouts, online course sections, homework assignments, and flight theory training followed by an exam based on TP 15263Knowledge Requirements for Pilots of Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems (RPA) 25 kg or Less, Operating within Visual Line of Sight. The course will prepare you for the Transport Canada online test for a Basic or Advanced RPAS pilot Certificate as well as the Flight Review.

The Radio Operator's Certificate ROC (Aeronautical) is included in the RPAS 101 study. Tests for students' ROC-A certificate in conjunction with the RPAS 101 course or higher. Please advise if you would like to take the ROC-A test (70% pass) and exam fee is $80.

Part of the in-person instruciton will include practical flight training for each student on a field and/or an indoor controlled environment. Students will get a chance to fly the DJI Inspire 1 V2 under the coaching mode (dual mode) with the senior flight instructor. 

(Flight training can be done on the student's small, light-weight, rugged quad copter trainer. Students should have some practice on a quad trainer prior to the course start date)

Students in gymnasium for indoors Pilot Training

Flight School

In addition to reviewing RPAS 101 subject matter, students will see actual demonstrations on how to safely control, navigate and land the drone/multi-rotor in a designated zone with no GPS or autopilot assistance.

Students will also be shown simulated emergency situations and be trained to provide the instructor with a proper checklist to deal with the scenario (IE RPA unresponsive, out of control, out of sight, lost link, battery failure, in a collision, etc).

Participants will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate their own ability to fly manually in various situations as well. This will prepare students for the Advnaced RPAS pilot Flight Review Test.

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 RPAS 101 written exam (60% pass) students will be awarded the certificate of RPAS training from VAP. The ROC-A will be issued after passing the test (70%) and Industry Canada has processed the application. This exam will prepare the student for the Transport Canada Basic and Advanced test to be taken online.

The training program will also discuss your RPAS system and build you up 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!

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 RPAS 101 class here!

Looking for a place to stay in Victoria, BC?

Quality Inn at the Waddling Dog

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

Required Text

Textbook: UNMANNED - Textbook for UAS Studies


A majority of RPAS lights 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/rotary 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 RPAS/drone 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 
VAP Suite B 7960 Arthur Drive Saanichton, BV V8M1V2

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The images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without the written permission of David Carlos.

Use of any image as the basis for another photographic concept or illustration (digital, artist rendering or alike) is a violation of the Canadian and International Copyright laws. All images are copyrighted © 2001 - 2016 David Carlos.

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