(VAP) Victoria Air Photos and Survey
Professional UAV/Drone Aircraft Photography and Innovations Victoria BC.

Transport Canada Certified
PHONE: 250.883.4229
TEXT: 250.507.6421

UAS Business Training and Support Services Victoria, BC

UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) technology is new and developing very fast.

The flight instructor David Carlos is Transport Canada Standing SFOC certified. In addition, VAP has developed commercial UAS operator training program and we are included as one of the few schools on Transport Canada’s list of Compliant Training Organizations.

We are also Industry Canada certified to teach and conduct Radio Operator's Certificate (ROC-A) examinations. See here for new ROC-A Training Program

 The lead UAV flight instructor and speaker David Carlos is an expert UAV pilot/instructor and business owner with over 800 hours of Complex UAV flight time (including student flght instruction) in Canada.

Note: VAP is currently extending the course instruction time starting in October 2017. This extension is to allow for more instructional time for many new knowledge requirements requested by Transport Canada for Canadian UAV pilots.  This is in addition to UAS 200 which is an advanced UAS training program offer in combination or UAS 101.

VAP Training can also accommodate groups interested in conducting the UAS 101 program at their own location. Please contact for details.

We are working with Transport Canada Aviation at developing new training strategies. Training is needed for emerging UAS markets and for those looking for a career in the industry. Proper training from our drone experts will help ensure that UAS technology, with all their great potential uses, are offered to the public in a safe, responsible, and reliable manner.

Students in class for UAS instruction

Our Objectives

The focus of UAS 101 is teaching students the fundamental and foundational skills needed in UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) operations. We strive to study how the systems are to be used in a safe manner, while being Transport Canada and SFOC (Special Flight Operators Certificate) compliant. Study is based on  TP 15263 – Knowledge Requirements for Pilots of Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems (UAV) 25 kg or Less, Operating within Visual Line of Sight

This will help ensure our UAS operations are in "best practice" and public safety, security and privacy points are taken into consideration. We aim to make UAS systems and their pilot's an overall benefit to humanity as they integrate into the public life in the future.

We now have a UAS Student Ground School Kit we recommend to all participants. Order Kit here.

What UAS 101 graduates are saying:

"Great course David, enjoyed it and learned lots of practical material. We now have our  first SFOC and can see how useful the training was as we are operating near an aerodrome."  Christopher  Narver, Fisheries Technician, Resource Management, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Kamloops, BC

"Thank-you very much for hosting the UAS 101 course at UBC's Okanagan Campus for the UBCO Aero Club in February, 2017. Your course was very thorough and informative and we learned  a lot about UAV's and their safe and lawful operation. With this knowledge, we will now be able to fly our UAV's responsibly and safely. We hope that you can return in the coming years to train new and upcoming club members and we look forward to working with you and Victoria Air Photos and Survey in the future. Thanks again for a great course!"  Blago Hristovski, President, The UBCO Aero Club March, 2017

"As an active Airline Transport Pilot, I expected to have a base knowledge going into this course. Anyone who is considering or interested in becoming a UAV operator, whether for personal or commercial use, needs to take the course offered by David Carlos.  David is extremely knowledgeable and delivers the material in a clear, concise, yet passionate manner.  He is able to teach material to a wide variety of audiences and does so with respect and integrity.  He is working hard to further the professionalization of UAV operations.   His professionalism is reflected in not only his personal UAV work, but as an educator in the field.  I learnt more than I expected and I would absolutely recommend his course.  It was a pleasure working with him."  Tase Lyrintzis, ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) November, 2016

"Mr. Carlos is a highly professional and extremely competent pilot and systems user of UAV’s. His insight and direction for how our department should look into the UAV world has been invaluable. He has participated with us on a few emergency calls and was fast, efficient, and fit well into our emergency services structure."  Geoff Spriggs, BA MA  Assistant Fire Chief, Langford Fire Rescue Langford BC June, 2016

"Hi David, Thanks for an excellent course a couple weeks back. I learned a lot in such a short time!" Randy K Scharien Assistant Professor Department of Geograph, University of Victoria, BC April, 2016

“Really ejoyed seeing David with full gear on first day of class…he showed the importance of safety and professionalism of UAV operators. David was great at answering all questions, showing both his experience and knowledge.”  Christ Lai, Royal Roads University graduate/entrepreneur, Victoria, BC November, 2015                                                                                                                       

"Thanks very much for this course,  and all of your help. I was able to acquire a blanket permit a few days ago, which is what the end goal was from the training I took from you back in June. Couldn’t have done it so quickly without you."  David Retzer, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Kamloops, BC June 2015                                                                                                                                                                            

“Thanks David, look forward to more of your training. Thoroughly enjoyed it.”  William Michael, Rotary Wing Pilot/Capt. RCAF, Ret. Victoria, BC November, 2015                                                                     

“Hi Dave, The course was great!  No regrets, money well spent.”  Tim Allix  Business Owner/UAV Pilot Parksville, BC  November, 2015                                                                                            

"Hi David – First thank you so much for the UAV pilot training. It was a great experience and I thought your delivery was just the right amount of technical mixed with the realism of how to get things done in the real world.... I finally received an SFOC from Transport Canada – for the entire Prairie and Northern Region (AB, SK, MB and the Northwest Territories)!! Amazing!I have to believe that much of the information you shared and the recommendations you put forward had an impact on their decision to allow us flight operations in such a vast area. It’s very exciting as I can now travel to other Agrium sites and do aerial photography for them as well!Thanks again for all of your guidance and wisdom. Best Regards"   Cory Wald, B.Ed., CRSP Senior Supervisor, EHS&S Agrium, Fort Saskatchewan, AB January, 2016

About The Course,

Studies include ATC (Air Traffic Control) procedures, the Canadian airspace regulations/laws, as well as other safety rules which continue to written out by Transport Canada Aviation and the Canadian Air regulations (CARs).

The UAV pilot and instructor is certified as a “manned” fixed wing pilot, as well as a Commercial UAV pilot.

New Transport Canada rules governing commercial UAV's are now requiring that UAV pilots prove TC compliant organization training in aviation studies as well as UAV systems before being granted a UAV pilot permit (SFOC) or even a certificate exemption.

Soon, Transport Canada will have their own written exams and other UAV commercial pilot standards to pass.

Instructor outside giving UAS training

Considerations of what a UAS pilot must know

  • Eventually, UAV pilots and their commercial operations will carry similar licences, permits and other requirements as manned aircraft companies
  • A UAV pilot should be an expert in the aviation field and possess fundamental understanding of the complex aviation world. A commercial UAV pilot must have the ability to take off, fly, and land a UAV manually (LOS or FPV) with complete confidence and ease. UAV pilot must also be able to communicate with ATS competently
  • A pilot's understanding of meteorology is also critical for safe flight and decision making
  • PIlots must use air navigation including aeronautical chart reading, position reporting and situational awareness
  • A UAS pilot should understand and have the ability to manage complex computers, command and ground control stations (GCS), program autopilot, flight controllers and use various software/firmware applications
  • If you would like to learn to fly a UAV, or have a business which may benefit, Victoria Air Photos and Survey now offers private, low cost, professional consulting, training and support in Victoria and Vancouver BC


Privacy & Issues of UAS

A UAV pilot must be aware of privacy and public relations issues that come with UAS applications. The UAV can be a magnet for media attention.  The UAS pilot must be aware of standards and practices to always respect privacy. This will be covered and discussed in the course


UAS Instructor with UAV and flight in progress sign by the ocean

Course Dates

Location, Dates and Times: 

The next UAS 101 and UAS 200 (Advanced) course dates for 2017-2018

  • November 24-26, 2017 (postponed to New Year January 22, /17)

  • January 22-24, 2018 + UAS 200 January 25-26, 2018

  • February 23-25, 2018

  • March 19-21, 2018 + UAS 200 March 22-23, 2018

  • April 20-22, 2018

  • May 25-27, 2018

Island Savings Credit Union, Mayfair Shopping Centre Address: Selkirk Room, 3147 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8Z 6E3 Phone (250) 385-4476  (or other location TBA)

Times: Day 1: 0930-1645, Day 2: 0930-1600, Day 3: 0830-1745 (practice area mapped in class)

 UAS 101:  $775 +GST

UAS 200: $675 +GST (2 Full Days of advanced UAV training)

UAS 101 & 200 Cost: $1250.00

ROC-A Course details here


YouTube Link to Global News Reports on inportance of UAS 101 (multi-rotor) May, 2015

Global News Reports on inportance of UAS 101 (multi-rotor) May, 2015

Link to CBC News Interview on UAS 101 with David Carlos May, 2015

CBC News Interview on UAS 101 with David Carlos May, 2015

Link to CTV NEWS on 3 day UAS Training Program

CTV NEWS on 3 day UAS Training Program

We believe in 3 components of training and expertise.

  • Knowledge (Class work, books, lectures and so on)
  • Experience (Actual hands on experience, hours logged flying aircraft, manned or unmanned)
  • Equipment (The actual UAV, aircraft, radio system, UAS/ground station/GCS)


While money can buy very capable UAS equipment, it cannot buy the 1. knowledge, and 2. experience necessary to safely operate unmanned aerial vehicles.


See related links with commerical UAV pilot David Carlos speaking publicly to the news media about UAV and other drone issues


Call Victoria Air Photos and Survey at 250.883.4229 or Text 250.507.6421



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