The flight instructor and speaker David Carlos is also Transport Canada Standing SFOC certified and is an expert RPAS pilot/instructor with over 1600 hours of Complex RPA flight time and over 1000 students trained. See our reviews below!
We are prepared for the new regulations set for June 1, 2019 for RPAS in Canada. Cadidate's RPAS training is critical to ensure drones integrating into airspace is done safely. RPAS 101 will prepare student candidates for the written Transport Canada Advanced Exam as well as the Flight Review-sRPAS.
The focus of RPAS 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 legally 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 RPAS operations are in "best practice" and public safety, security and privacy points are also taken into consideration. We aim to make RPAS and their pilot's an overall benefit to humanity as they integrate into the public life in the future.
We now have a RPAS Student Ground School Kit we recommend to all participants. Order Kit here.
"I had wanted to follow up with you on my own UAV journey thus far! Most importantly, I am so appreciative of your expertise and teaching, which was incredibly valuable to me when it came to completing my SFOC application and survey work. I feel like I had a good grasp of contingency planning and having thorough checklists to be prepared for all circumstances. Had a couple of flyaway incidences, and we were able to calmly fly our UAV back in ATTI mode!" Angel Chen, MSc Candidate, Arctic Landscape Ecology Lab, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
"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
Considerations of what an RPAS pilot must know
Privacy & Issues of RPAS
A RPAS pilot must be aware of privacy and public relations issues that come with drone applications. The RPAS can be a magnet for media attention. The pilot must be aware of standards and practices set in place to always respect privacy. This will be covered and discussed in the course.
Location, Dates and Times:
3- Day RPAS 101 and 200 Flight School for 2019 (Times: 0900 to 1500)
May 23-25, 2019 RPAS 101
June 13-15, 2019 RPAS 101
June 17-18 2019 (RPAS 200 Advanced)
Sept 19-21, 2019 RPAS 101 RPAS 200 Sept 23-24, 2019
Oct 17-19, 2019 RPAS 101
Nov 21-23, 2019 RAS RPAS 200 Nov 25-26. 2019
RPAS 101: $775 +gst or $139/month for 6 months
RPAS 200: $875 +gst or $155 /month for 6 months
RPAS 101 & 200 Cost: $1600 + gst or $279/month for 6 months
1 Day RPAS Flight Workshop: $275 +gst
ROC-A Course details here
We believe in 3 components of training and expertise.
While money can buy very capable RPAS equipment, it cannot buy the 1. knowledge, and 2. experience and time necessary to safely operate unmanned aerial vehicles.
See related links with commerical UAV pilot David Carlos speaking publicly to the news media about RPAS and other drone issues
Call Victoria Air Photos and Survey at 250.883.4229 or Text 250.507.6421