(Vancouver, BC) 07/10/2020 – Coastal Drone Co, a part of the Westlund Group of Companies, have partnered with Best Buy Canada to offer “Drone Pilot Ground School | Basic” to all Best Buy Canada drone customers going forward. This innovative initiative will serve a growing community of drone hobbyists and professional pilots in Canada.
On June 1st, 2019 Transport Canada enacted new regulations for flying drones in Canada requiring all pilots of drones weighing over 250g to acquire a pilot certificate. Coastal Drone has become one of Canada’s leaders in the drone education space training thousands of registered students in less than 2 years to pass their Transport Canada drone pilot certification requirements. The company was founded by Kate Klassen, Alec Wilson, Adam Besse and Vancouver entrepreneur Andrew Westlund in 2016. The company originally was founded to service the growing demand for professional drone consulting but transitioned to also include online training as its primary service offering.
“Partnering with Best Buy Canada was the right decision for Coastal Drone Co.” said Alec Wilson, Coastal Drone’s President. He continued, “We know that there is a growing ecosystem of pilots throughout Canada who partake in piloting drones for both personal and professional use. One of our passions at Coastal Drone is to educate pilots and connect them to the industry. Drone Pilot Certificates have become mandatory for drones over 250g, and the testing process isn’t easy. We want to make sure we provide pilots with as much value as possible and create a safe, and legal drone industry in Canada. Offering our “Drone Pilot Ground School | Basic” course to Best Buy Canada customers enables us to extend our reach to provide thousands of drone pilots with education and training”.
The online course offered at Best Buy covers the knowledge areas Transport Canada expects Basic Certified pilots to understand and apply to their flights. It also serves as an excellent primer on airspace, regulation, the aircraft, the environment and the human factors that are essential for any pilot to know to keep their drone flying safer, and longer. Coastal Drone also offers courses to aid in exam preparation, operational procedure development and advanced certification training which will be retailed at Best Buy in-store and online.
About the Westlund Group of Companies and Coastal Drone Co
Andrew Westlund founded Apex Wireless, one of Canada’s leading wireless dealers 20 years ago and grew the group of companies to 12. The diverse group also includes Sky Helicopters, Vinyl Labs, Agency Media, Your Workspace, Fluid Spa and Apex Managed It. Coastal Drone Co has become Canada’s go to source for drone regulation information with pilots Alec Wilson (Drone & Helicopter pilot) and Kate Klassen (Drone & Airplane Pilot) leading the team. The company offers free webinars and Q&A’s on social media so that Canada’s Drone Pilots can connect, have their questions answered and fully understand Canada’s legislation when it comes to piloting drones.