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UAV Business Training and Support Services Victoria BC.UAV Training and business support Victoria BC

UAV technology is very new and developing very fast.

 We are working with Transport Canada Aviation in developing strategies in order to ensure that UAV technology, with all their potential uses, are offered to the public in a safe, responsible, and reliable manner.

New Course Info Below for 2014 and 2015.

Next Date  for UAS 101 (Multi-Rotor) January 23-25, 2015...Please resgister and confirm your seat with instructor via email as space is limited!     (Class Full!)

Next classes February 20-22, 2015 and March 20-23, 2015     (still has seats)

Our Objectives: We are working to ensure UAS are integrated into the civilian airspace system in a safe manner by observing strict rules, ATC (Air Traffic Control) procedures, and the Canadian airspace regulations/laws as well as safety rules written out by Transport Canada Aviation. 

With the UAV pilot and instructor certified as a “manned” fixed wing pilot, we are aware of these laws and norms of the aviation world and system.

New Transport Canada rules governing commercial UAV's are requiring that UAV pilots prove a certain level of expertise and training in aviation studies as well as UAV systems before being granted a UAV pilot permit (SFOC) or even an certificate exemption. Soon,  Transport Canada will have their own written exams and other standards to pass.

A prospective candidate who shows that he has completed training and testing (from a UAV flight or ground school) will be recognised by Transport Canada. The aviation study requirements are very similar to that of a "manned" fixed wing, ultralight, or rotary wing pilots.

The subjects of study include the theory of flight, air navigation, meteorology, Canadian Airspace, ATC radio procedures, SFOC protocol, and so on.

UAV's can range in size from a small quad that can fit in your hand, to a Boeing 737. Eventually, UAV pilots and their commercial operations will carry similar licences, permits and other requirements as manned aircraft companies and their operations.

What must a UAS Pilot know? 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.

He should also understand and have the ability to manage complex computer 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 Aerial Photos and Survey now offers private, low cost, professional consulting, training and support in Victoria BC.

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We believe in 3 components of training and expertise.

  1. Knowledge   (Class work, books, lectures....)

  2. Experience   (Actual hands on experience, hours logged flying aircraft, manned or unmanned)

  3. Equipment    (The actual UAV, aircraft, radio system, UAS/ground station)

While money can by very capable UAV equipment, it cannot buy the  2. knowledge and 3. experience necessary to operate unmanned aerial vehicles safely. We offer the building of the knowledge and experience components for those seeking to advance professionally.

Privacy Issues of UAS:

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

Check News        Oak Bay News          Times Colonist


UAS 101 Basic (Multi-Rotor) Pilot Certificate Program UAV Training Victoria BC class, course

The November 2014 UAS 101 class went great! 

(UAS 101 Basic) 3 day (Multi-Rotor) Certificate program.

The Next UAS course Date: Feb 23-25, 2015 at 0930-1600.  Location is the Selkirk Room at Island Savings Credit Union, Mayfair Mall Victoria, BC. Please make sure your name is on this list!

Cost $575, (plus gst) Free parking.


 Applicant Prerequisites:

  • 18 Years old (good overall physical health, and good eyesight or corrected as required)  Command of English and Math.
  • Texts and supplies... "Unmanned... Text book for UAS Studies" (click link to order)
  • OPTIONAL texts, "From the Ground Up" Link Here 
  • "AWARE" Aviation Weather All Ready for Emergency by Environment Canada. (Free Download)
  • Please study ROC-A for Aviation Radio Licence Link here , Industry Canada. (Free Download)
  • NEW! TAC VFR Terminal Area Chart (Vancouver) for sale at any flight school or Nav Canada


 Unmanned a text for uav studies. UAV course Vancouver BC

The UAV Pilot Certificate Program will include 2 days of intense ground school, handouts, and flight theory training followed by a test. The Radio Operator's Certificate  ROC (aeronautical) is included in the study (test to be done by certified ROC test examiner on students own time).

Day 3 will be a 1/2 day practical flight training for each student on a field or an indoor controlled environment. (Flight training can be done on the student's small, light rugged trainer quad copter)

Many hotels very close (walking distance) to the class including the "Comfort Inn" Victoria, BC Link here.... Mention your with Victoria Ai Photos for a discounted $ rate!

Students will also see 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 a simulated emergency situation and be trained to provide the instructor with a proper checklist to deal with the scenario (UAV unresponsive, out of control, in a collision, etc).

Note: Students who have little or no experience flying RC aircraft including multi rotors should discuss with the instructor what the best option is in order to begin flight training. The instructor will likely recommend a small indoor micro UAV like this indoor Cobra 3.5, or a rugged trainer like the "101R Quad flyer" here. Various flight simulators are also recommended to enhance hands on skills for flying RC.

After passing the written exam (60% pass) students will be awarded the certificate of UAS training.The session will end by lunch on the 3rd day after certificates are issued.

Note: While this workshop will help in your UAV/UAS training, finishing this course will not necessarily guarantee that you will qualify for an SFOC. Transport Canada will assess each candidate on a case by case basis based on the applicant's intentions, training, experience, and demonstrated knowledge in the aviation and UAS field. UAV instruction for drones and unmanned aerial systems victoria bc class

This training may also help you towards a ground crew (observer) position in a commercial UAV operation.


The training program, will 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 flying RC aircraft, you will need help and guidance to avoid costly mistakes and potential injury/damage.UAV School Victoria BC Canada. Flight and pilot class

This licence (SFOC)  is for those who fly drones/UAV's or any RC aircraft, professionally and for hire, profit or and benifit/monetary compensation. It requires the holders to understand basics of aviation, and safety as well as a certain level of UAV knowledge and experience.

 Product Support:

We are available to provide product support for our clients and those training with us.

After we assess your UAV platform needs and flight capabilities, we can then build a complete UAV platform which would be the most practical for your specific applications.

Working with our partners, we will help you with any issues and questions you may have.


Some shots and video of our last UAS 101 class here!



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