We're equipping commercial sRPAS pilots of the future with the best, updated, advanced training in UAS studies which will promote safety and professionalism for all.
Be Transport Canada RPAS Pilot certified!
VAP has developed commercial RPAS pilot training certificate program since 2013 and we are included as one of the schools on Transport Canada’s list of compliant training organizations.
The lead Remotely Piloted Aircraft System flight instructor and speaker David Carlos is an expert UAV multi-rotor pilot as well business owner with over 1600 hours of logged Complex RPAS flight time (including student instruction) in Canada.
The UAS 101 and 200 courses are fresh and updated based (TP 15263) Transport Canada knowledge requirements for commercial UAV pilots operating drones in Canada. See below:
(UAS 101 Basic) 3-day (Multi-Rotor) Certificate Program
The next UAS 101 (Basic) and 200 (Advanced) course dates for 2018-2019
Jan 25-27, 2019
Jan 27, 2019 (Flight Review Training)
Feb 18-20, UAS 101 and 21-22, 2019 UAS 200
March 22-24, 2019 (Location Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Regina East Gate. Regina, Saskatchewan)
April 12-14, 2019
May 24-26, 2019
UAS 101 (Multi-Rotor) Location: Island Savings, Mayfair Mall 3195 Douglas Street Victoria, BC (unless directed otherwise).
Basic Applicant Prerequisites
RPAS 101 will include 25 Hours of intense RPAS 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 course will prepare you for the Transport Canada Test for a RPAS pilot permit.
The Radio Operator's Certificate ROC (Aeronautical) is included in the study. Tests 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. Students will get a chance to fly the DJI Inspire 1 under the coaching.
(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)
Flight School (Day 3)
In addition to reviewing UAS 101 subject matter, students will see actual demonstrations on how to safely control, navigate and land the DJI Inspire 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 UAV unresponsive, out of control, out of sight, lost link, in a collision, etc).
Participants will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate their own ability to fly manually 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 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 for your application. 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.
The training program will also 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!
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
Looking for a place to stay in Victoria, BC?
This nice renovated hotel is strategically located next to our UAV 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.
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/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.