CUI Founder and President is Sterling Cripps. Sterling was one of the founding members of the CCUVS in 2007. From 2007- to 2015 he served as the Chief Operating Officer and chief instructor for the ground school which he created in 2008.
He was also responsible for the creation of over 700 NM of Class F Restricted Airspace at Foremost Alberta which has been designated exclusively for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) UAV operations. This six and a half year project was done with cooperation from NAV CANADA and Transport Canada and was opened in November 2014.
Sterling has been involved with many aspects of the unmanned regulatory process and some of his accreditation are as follows;
- Maintains a current Commercial Group One Pilot License.
- 24 years military service as a Naval Clearance Diving Officer, Canadian Air Force pilot trainee and Public Affairs Officer.
- Participated in several Transport Canada working groups and committees to develop the current state of RPAS regulations in Canada 2008 – 2018.
- Board Member of Unmanned Systems Canada 2014.
- Developed Canada’s first commercial RPAS Training Manual with Aviation Publishers out of Ottawa Ontario 2009.
- Started Canada’s first open commercial and civil unmanned training course ground school in 2009.
- CUI has successfully trained over 2500 students in RPAS ground school
- An accredited Industry Canada radio operator license examiner.
- Recipient of Unmanned Systems Canada “Pip Rudkin” award for “Outstanding Individual Contribution“ to the UAV sector in Canada in 2015
- Member of the Transport Canada Working Group for the RPAS Knowledge Requirements TP15263, 2014-2018
- Catapult operator and targets assembly technician for Airbus Direct Targets division GmBL
CUI is committed to working with Transport Canada and NAV CANADA to ensure all commercial RPAS operators are properly trained and fully informed of the responsibilities as legitimate airspace users.