Canada:- CQFA launches UA training program

Training is where a large chunk of the money will be made with small UAS in the next five years. Countries with established regulations of course have an advantage over the USA. Providers know what to pitch. One wonders if the FAA will make it possible to validate pilot certificates from across the border once commercial civil use is finally permitted. The weight category is interesting, 25kg is lots of platform. It would be fair to say airframes in this category will be doing 95% of the work.

After more than two years of research, both in North America and Europe, the Quebec Aviation Training Centre (CQFA), member of the Centre of Excellence drones announces first flight training light drones under 25 kg. The intensive program is CQFA for anyone called to use a drone to work, including police officers, firefighters, search and rescue specialists, inspectors various structures, cameramen, geomatics, or wildlife specialists, the forests and crops. No aviation experience is required.

This 130-hour training designed to develop intellectual and technical skills in terms of planning, preparation, execution of flights, and the ability to respond appropriately in a given situation. Part of the training will be conducted through the Internet, through the platform of eLearning CQFA. Practical workshops include assembly, repair, calibration and programming multirotors drones, and of course, more than 21 hours of actual flight outside.

As part of this training, the company has chosen CQFA KoptR Image Inc. of Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil as technology partner. “We are very pleased to partner with  said John LaRoche, director of research and development of aerospace CQFA.  

KoptR Image Inc is the leader in Quebec in capturing images using light drones and us greatly impressed by its safety practices worthy of the best airlines corps. “

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Gary Mortimer
Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.