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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. The course content is based on (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

The next UAS 101 course dates for 2017

  • April 28-30, 2017
  • May 26-28, 2017
  • June 23-25, 2017
  • September 22-24, 2017
  • October 20-22, 2017
  • November 24-26, 2017


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

Cost $575 + gst

Students in class for Pilot Training

Basic Applicant Prerequisites


UAS 101 will include 2 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 (test to be done by certified ROC test examiner on students' own time).

Day 3 will be a 1/2 day 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)

Students in gymnasium for indoors Pilot Training

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, (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 3rd 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 

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!


Comfort Inn Victoria, BC: (click here)... mention you are a UAS 101 student with VAP for a discount!


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.

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