(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. There are many new regulations you need to be aware of before entering this industry.

Online course options now available and email list being taken  

The flight instructor and speaker David Carlos is Transport Canada Standing SFOC certified and is an expert UAV pilot/instructor with over 1500 hours of Complex UAV flight time. See our reviews below!

We are working with Transport Canada Aviation at developing new training strategies.

Training is for emerging UAS markets and for those career minded in the industry. This will help ensure that UAS technology, with all 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) and their commercial 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 also 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 -200 graduates are saying:

"David, Thanks for the training course yesterday for myself, David A. Hill, Gurp Thandi and Daniel Perrakis.  We found it informative with lots of useful information and gained a better appreciation of the preparation, hazards, and appropriate actions to safely pilot UAV-Drones. In addition, the checklists you provided will prove useful for developing checklists for the Mavic Pro. "  J. A. (Tony) Trofymow, Ph.D. Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service Natural Resources Canada, Government of Canada  Victoria, BC  April, 2018 

"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, Government of Canada,  Kamloops, BC  March, 2018

"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 Geography, 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                                                                                                                                                                          

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New Online Course Options:

RPAS students should be very cautious of cheap and quick online courses which may offer inadequate UAS/RPAS training and therefore be a safety risk.

In class training has many advantages over online training. We understand the difficulties students may have attending the ground-school portion of the training program. As of November 2018, we have been given the green light to develop an up to date online program based on our highly rated UAS 101 course.
Online drone training program

We will ensure this valuable course exceeds expectations and will be a great training module for learning and equipping RPAS pilots.

Our online class will include interactions, lectures, and all the standard material included in UAS 101. It will also have practice tests for students to prepare for the Transport Canada written RPAS exam.

A student list is being taken at this time for the online class option please email request.

In class sessions will be scaled back, but still available as an option for groups or individuals.  

In 2019, 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

  • Nov 23-25, 2018

  • Jan 25-27, 2019

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

  • March 22-24, 2019

Location: 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: 1000-1745 (practice area mapped in class)

 UAS 101:  $775 +GST (one time only fee. Free for life thereafter)

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

UAS 101 & 200 Cost: $1350.00

Online UAS 101 Ground-school: TBA

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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