VAP's David Carlos is also a licensed pilot too. Given the vast differences between manned and unmanned aviation, it is recommended that pilots take the course anyways. VAP Training is working on a "bridge" program for experienced manned pilots looking to get into RPAS. Such a condensed program would skip many of the rudiments of aviation and focus strictly on RPAS and their operations. If interested, please let us know.
Q: Do I need to be experienced in RPAS/Drones to take the course?
A: No. We have had students ranging from airline pilots, to students with zero experience take our course and succeed!
Q: Are the online courses as good as in-class?
A: Yes. Since we opened the online option, graduating students have achieved great success with both the course, and the Transport Canada test!
Q: Do I need the course ground school kit material?
A: It is highly recommended you get at least the "Basic kit." so you will not need to get it later. If it is not in your budget, we have in class material and hand outs you can use.
Q: Can I fly in controlled airspace after getting the training?
A: When you finish the course, you will understand the safe places you can operate, and be ready to get you Advanced drone certificate which will allow you to operate in control zones and even within airport property bounds!
Q: Can I get my Flight Review completed after the course?
A: Once you complete your TC exam online, we can do a Flight Review with you. You should make sure you are ready prior to attempting the Fight Review. Most students candidates need a few weeks to practice, and get their material organized before the Flight Review phase of certification.
Q: Are the employment and career opportunities in the drone business?
A: Yes! RPAS are beginning to integrate into our system, and many businesses are increasing reliability on RPAS to achieve deliverables and scale their business. Some employ drone pilots full-time, while others have Advanced capability as a important additional tool for their profession. Having this certification will improve your competitiveness in the real estate business, construction, the mining industry and much more.
Q: Do I need a drone for training?
A: No. We have a drone (DJI Inspire 1v2 with coach mode) we can loan you for the flight training component of the program.
Q: Is VAP Training a certified training centre?
A: Yes: Since 2013 VAP has been training Advanced RPAS and SFOC pilots from all walks. Over 2000 trained to this date! We are recognized as a Transport Canada approved training centre.
Q: I am a licenced pilot. Do I still need training?
A: VAP's David Carlos is also a licensed pilot. Given the vast differences between manned and unmanned aviation, it is recommended that pilots take the course anyways. VAP Training is working on a "bridge" program for experienced manned pilots looking to get into RPAS. Such a condensed program would skip many of the rudiments of aviation and focus strictly on RPAS and their operations. If interested, please let us know.
Q: Do I need to take RPAS training?
A: In order to fulfill the learning requirements of Transport Canada, we cannot see how a candidate can be RPAS Advanced ready without apporved training. RPAS 101 is the minimum in our view.
Q: How to I register for the program?
A: Simply email your instructor or call/text at 250 507 6421 and recieve a registration document. Pick a date to commit to, and you are in!
Visit our page for the RPAS 101 online packaged program here