CERTIFIED TRANSPORT CANADA FLIGHT REVIEWER
Past CHIEF INSTRUCTOR UAVs - INTERNATIONAL TEST PILOT SCHOOL
Authorized to Work in
2019-2022 Chief Instructor for UAV operations at the
International Test Pilots School, London ON Canada
David holds an Advanced sRPAS Operators Certificate from Transport Canada with a Flight Reviewer rating. He has over 25 yrs military (Reg Force & Res) plus civilian flying including:
Combat Flying Instructor, Flight Safety Officer RCAF (ret)
Commercial Pilot's Lic., Multi-Engine Fixed/Rotary Wing
Including >3000hrs low level reconnaissance operations.
Past VP COPA Flt 7 - Canadian Owners and Pilot's Association. Fully Insured. 1-2 person crew.
Approved. Day, Night, All weather, Controlled or
Restricted /Military airspace.
Canada wide from Ontario, Sarnia based.
No job too small or too hard - See examples
Specializing in UAV regulations and surveillance procedures, Flight Safety and very small UAV technology (under 1kg).
Reliving my Youth in the RCAF
18 September 1970 This was the LAST flight and the last time I flew a T-Bird. It happened on my final clear hood check ride in the RCAF at Gimili Manitoba. Remember this was the ADVANCED JET course back then . . .ouch. Don't worry I did pass and got my wings a month later. These other 2 Standards Officers though were taking off in Front of me as I landed and got a little TIGHT . . over lapping LEAD on takeoff. The incident made Flight Safety Magazine that year. I'll publish the whole story someday. . . meanwhile . . .
30 May 2021 Today I got to re-live some of the BEST time I had in the air force at Gimli, Manitoba with a T-33 formation trip following Danny Richer in his T28, while Eric Dumigan took some GREAT aerial photos from the back seat leading us. Todd Culver, Long time T-Bird pilot from North Bay chased his wing for most the time while I was holding the GEAR HORN button in the back seat of the T33. In formation under 200kts the gear horn is a bit annoying, so I just held my thumb on it most of the flight. I'll post a bunch more photos and some video later . . . but for now, I'll just show you the grin. Check out the bottom left on this page.
Recent UAV Flt Test Pilot/Eng Course
Manned Remotely Piloted Aircraft MRPA
MRPA is an experimental new way of training Flight Test Engineers (FTE) and operational drone pilots and sensor operators is being developed at the International Test Pilots School in London ON. Being "manned" seems strange for a drone but it's a modified Rutan61 (LongEZ) aircraft called the "BlueJay" and has a pilot on-board while being controlled from the Ground Control Station (GCS) called the "Grey Jay", (see below). This allows drone flights to be operated in the national airspace and conform to General Aviation rules while flying Predator or Reaper style recce missions. ITPS is pioneering innovative operations, and getting prepared for the new wave of international drone testing that is rapidly growing.
Above photo by Eric Dumigan
David is shown above during End2End Phase 2 ground tests of the BlueJay. Also, teh school is developing the concept of ops (CONOPS) for the new International Tactical Training Center (ITTC) wing of ITPS that trains international military pilots on tactical jet operations. The BlueJay was the first demonstrated using programmable "fly-by-wire" controls from a laptop in the back seat during the first Flight Testing phase this Aug 2020. Testing of the Ground Control Station (GCS) Software system is progressing well and should be fully operational very shortly.
ITPS Ground Control Station (GCS) is a trailer mounted, aircraft and sensor control capability that is used in training Pilots and Flight Test Engineers in testing new UAV technology. Eventually this capability will be extended to support the school's Tactical Fighter Pilot syllabus with real time UAV Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability as well as Forward Air Controller (FAC) training support to tactical training.
If you are looking for this kind of training CALL ITPS
(519)-457-3625 for more info on Test Pilot Courses.
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