Victoria Aerial Photos and Surveys is a 100% locally (Victoria, BC) owned and operated, private, and independent company employing RPAS commercially. In operation since 2012, we offer a wide range of safe and professional RPAS services to the general public, corporations and government services in a wide spectrum of applications.
VAP is also active in the community as a Silver Sponsor of the University of Victoria's Engineering department Aero Club uvicaero.com/, and is active with training and equipping the RPAS pilots of tomorrow. We also volunteer with the SPCA animal rescue for drone operations and with virtual tours for the 2021 open house.
About the Owner / Chief Pilot
Carlos has also logged over 2500 hours of Complex RPAS air time including past training thousands of students in unmanned flight practices. Carlos continues with professional flight and ground instruction sessions in UAS studies for students seeking to be professional RPAS pilots or use drones commercially in their business.
Mr Carlos currently holds a Standing Canadian Commercial RPAS Advanced plus SFOC (Special Flight Operations Certificate) as well as a Canadian Pilot's License with advanced training. He is authorized for short notice flight operations.
The company pilot, Mr Carlos has an extensive background in aviation studies including being a graduate from Camosun College as well as completion of an Associate Certificate training at BCIT in aircraft structures engineering. He has worked at Viking Air, with BC Ferries, and the Canadian Coast Guard/ Ocean Sciences/DFO.
Carlos has been self-employed in business for the past 21 years where he was a small commercial boat captain and guide and as operated a logistics firm. He has also served for 2 years in the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve (Army) in Logistics.
Carlos also has a Private Pilot night rating, and extensive instrument, and flight simulator training.
VAP's Carlos is also a Transport Canada Compliant RPAS training Centre in Canada as well as an authorized ROC-A instructor and examiner as well as Flight Reviewer under the new RPAS regulations.
Clients for VAP's RPAS training program have included a wide range of students from private, cooperate and government sectors. Carlos has also trained City and government protective services including fire and police in the professional use of UAVs with the popular RPAS 101 program with advanced specific training.
In addition, Carlos and a team of RPAS professionals also have started the Unmanned Aeronautical Association of Canada (UAAC) which is a group of Unmanned pilots and their business seeking to find new ways to use unmanned aircraft safely in Canada. UAAC seeks to make sure the Canadian UAS pilot is trained, accountable, and operate in safe and responsible manner. This is in addition to adhering to UAAC guidelines, being Transport Canada compliment and observing many new standards and by-laws.
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Safety and Privacy
With safety as our number one priority, we are Transport Canada Aviation certified for special flight operations and fully insured.
We are proactive in the community and publicly advocate for safer RPAS/RC aircraft flight practices. This also seeks way to respect any public privacy concerns.
We are also constantly working with Transport Canada governing bodies to improve oversight and ensure that our company operational procedures adhere the strict government regulations surrounding professional flight. The SFOC and Transport Canada Certification is becoming an increasing necessity for any drone operation flight near any urban or build up area in Canadian Domestic Airspace.