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.
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 1000 hours of logged Complex UAV flight time (including student instruction) in Canada.
The UAS 101 and 200 courses include content based on updated (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
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. We have also introduced the new UAV Pilot Cadet Program to compliment our other training for Special Flight Operations Certificate.
The next UAS 101 (Basic) and 200 (Advanced) course dates for 2018-2019
May 25-26, 2018 (UAS 200 only)
August 10-12, 2018 (Summer Class! Register soon )
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
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 15263 – Knowledge 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 of the flight instructor. 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 some practice on a quad trainer prior to the course start date)
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
Looking for a place to stay?
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.
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.