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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 promote safety and professionalism for all.

Be Transport Canada UAV Pilot Exam ready!

 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 as well business owner with over 1500 hours of logged Complex UAV flight time (including student instruction) in Canada.

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

- Classes are also offered to groups on Lower Mainland, BC, Alberta and the Territories. The instructor is able travel to your location to conduct the UAS training program in a private and custom context.

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:

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 (Basic) and 200 (Advanced) course dates for 2018-2019

  • Sep 21-23 2018

  • Oct 22-24 and Oct 25-26 2018 UAS 200

  • Nov 23-25, 2018

  • Jan 25-27, 2019

  • Feb 18-20, UAS 101 and 21-22, 2019 UAS 200

  • March 22-24, 2019


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 (One time only fee. Join future classes for FREE!)

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 one time only fee will allow participants to join furture UAS ground-school classes for free!

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)

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 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).

They will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their own ability to fly manually 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 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.

UAS training and certification may also help towards a ground crew position in a commercial UAV operation. Visual Observers and other ground crew are now required by Transport Canada to have training in Unmanned Aircraft Systems operations as well.

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!

This UAV Pilot Licence (SFOC) is for those who fly drones/UAV's or any RC aircraft, professionally and for hire, profit, research, and/or any benefit/monetary compensation. It requires the holders to understand aviation, have applicable training and prove their UAS operations can be done safely.

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 renovated 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 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


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 UAS 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/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 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 
VAP Suite B 7960 Arthur Drive Saanichton, BV V8M1V2


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