November 5th 2015
Canadian Unmanned Wins National Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement at the “Unmanned Systems Canada” Annual Conference in Halifax NS
Sterling Cripps President of Canadian Unmanned Inc. headquartered in Medicine Hat, Alberta was awarded the prestigious “Pip Rudkin Award” for outstanding Individual Achievement in the emerging Canadian unmanned systems industry for 2015.
This award sponsored by Unmanned Systems Canada is an annual award that recognises individual achievements in the unmanned systems sector on a national scale and is voted on by the association members.
Sterling was nominated for his work in developing the Foremost Restricted Airspace for testing and developing procedures for operating Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) / Drones beyond line of sight. This 700 square nautical mile parcel of airspace is key to the future of the Drone industry in Canada and is located in Foremost Alberta. He has also been a vocal advocate for the promotion of safe and regulated drone operations throughout Canada. Unmanned technology is a rapidly growing sector largely driven by small and medium sized businesses. They help support new economic growth and diversification across Canada.
Sterling was the first to develop a specialized ground school for commercial and civil small drone pilots in 2009 and offers this training nationally. This training was the first UAS / Drone ground school to meet Transport Canada’s knowledge requirements for Drone operations under 25kg within line of sight of the operator. As an educator in this field, Sterling reached the milestone of training his 1000th small UAS / Drone pilot in Richmond, British Columbia on 30 October 2015.