360iSR and Canadian UAVs have agreed to jointly offer the most comprehensive Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Operations Training on the market globally.
UAS suppliers provide type (system specific) training on the unmanned aircraft systems they sell, but this is only one small part of a larger, holistic UAS Operations Training picture. Too often a UAS is procured without a pathway to fully leverage the asset’s data acquisition, dissemination, and tactical force implementation advantages. This shortcoming is a result of not having access to comprehensive UAS Operations Training. Comprehensive UAS Operations Training addresses operational airworthiness, airmanship, general UAS information, Detect And Avoid (DAA) systems and procedures, the integration of UAS in non-segregated airspace, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) procedures.
This joint training offering leverages the partnership’s world-class multi-decade, multi-platform and proprietary Transport Canada approved Detect and Avoid technology to provide end-to-end UAS training solutions in alignment with NATO Standard ATP-126.96.36.199 requirements.
Canadian UAVs is a Transport Canada registered training company with a proven track record providing UAV training to the Department of National Defense. The company has highly qualified UAS personnel who hold Transport Canada Advanced small RPAS Pilot Certificates (including those with Flight Reviewer ratings) and is authorized to provide BVLOS UAS Operations Training at Foremost UAS Test Range in Foremost, Alberta, Canada.
Canadian UAVs offers pilot training, type training, test and evaluation, maintenance services, Detect and Avoid training, operational risk assessment, permitting, general consulting, training aircraft and in-country logistics support.
Complementing CUAVs, 360iSR is a globally trusted company with the capability to offer end to end ISR support. 360iSR is one of a few companies that has a team with the experience to deliver all aspects of ISR from the Tactical Coordinator to the ISR Division Chief and they have worked on projects ranging from counter poaching in Southern Africa to large scale security events such as the London Olympic Games.
360iSR completes the total training package by offering intelligence analyst, ISR operator and sensor operator training. We also provide assistance to clients in the development of CONOPs and TTPs.
Together the two companies bring expertise in UAS and ISR operations to create a total training solution that not only ensures the highest level of flight safety training, but also that all specialisations within the UAS and ISR activity are individually trained, and that crew, team, and military unit are collective trained, thus enabling the integration of the UAS into the wider operational community. The result: more effective UAS operations, better return on investment in unmanned aircraft systems, and fully integrated and synchronised capability that supports decision-centric operations.
The collaboration between 360iSR and Canadian UAVs represents a step change in UAS training. No longer is a client limited to a pilot–centric conversion to type course. Our training program addresses aviation authority certification issues such as BVLOS and DAA and it addresses operational issues such as integration of UAS activity into the broader ISR activity ultimately supporting information dominant operations.
— Ewen Sime, 360iSR President
This joint offering is the most advanced, and comprehensive institutional unmanned aviation indoctrination offering on the market. With the rapid increase in global UAV acquisition and utilization, the industry has been waiting for a complete end-to-end capability with access to vast on-shore, low-risk airspace for some time. Canada has a long and distinguished aviation history in training Commonwealth and NATO allies and this offering will continue that tradition for the unmanned paradigm.
— Sean Greenwood, Canadian UAVs President
Training with Canadian UAVs and 360iSR in Canada will afford clients low-risk, expansive airspace – a relief from airspace constrained programs in other countries — where cadets can be trained without assets being risked over water or in operationally unrealistic restricted airspace. Also, clients can employ their UAS assets (legacy or newer procurements), as well as Canadian UAVs aircraft, all while elevating their UAS training programs to an internationally recognized and interoperable level.
In 2020, after a multi-year audit, Transport Canada granted Canadian UAVs the first in Canada:
- Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), for commercial purposes, in uncontrolled airspace
- SFOC to conduct BVLOS testing and training at the Foremost UAS Test Range in Alberta, Canada. Foremost is a dedicated UAV test and evaluation range roughly the size of Luxembourg (700 NM^2) with an elevation limit of 18,000 ft ASL
These authorizations follow years of enterprise-level operations –including maintenance procedures, a safety management system, and the development of Detect and Avoid technology called Sparrowhawk™ Radar – and build on Canadian UAVs’s previous performance milestones conducting the first BVLOS pipeline inspection at the Foremost UAS Test Range (2017), and the first research and development BVLOS SFOC in unrestricted airspace during the Transport Canada trials in 2018.
360iSR is a globally acknowledged company that delvers full spectrum Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Services. Their Team is drawn from ex-military operators, honed in the skills of command and tactical ISR and UAS employment. The lead instructors assigned to the Canadian project all are qualified to the highest standard: The Qualified Weapons Instructor (ISR) patch, which is equivalent to the Weapons Officer patch of the USAF. Instructors have commanded ISR and UAS operations, be that as a Tactical Co-ordinator or as part of an ISR Division.
360iSR works with clients such as NATO Air Command, the Royal Netherlands Air Force, the United Nations, and the Spanish Joint Forces. On the global footing, 360iSR has worked with the Singaporean National Security Services on an Urban UAS project, the Guyana Government looking at the employment of an ISR system to counter illegal border and drugs activity and the Botswana Defence Force employing manned surveillance to counter poaching.
About Canadian UAVs
Canadian UAVs is a leading provider of UAS services including training, managed services, and consultancy; and a Lockheed Martin small UAS distributor in Canada. The company’s base philosophy is to ensure that projects are conducted with the highest possible aviation standards.
Over the past five years, Canadian UAVs has pioneered and now validated its approach of ground-based non-cooperative Artificial Intelligence enabled radar that facilitates safe separation from manned aircraft. The Sparrowhawk software incorporates internationally accepted risk modeling and deconfliction pathways presented in either a stand-alone format or embedded directly into the Ground Control Station’s display. The resulting presentation provides for complete situational and operational awareness. Detect and Avoid technology and training is mandatory for NATO Class II and III UAS in non-segregated airspace. Canadian UAVs is the only company with both the technology and training required.