RPAS “Drone” Ground School

(7 customer reviews)


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We cover all eight of the required topics:

  • Air Regulations
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Airframes, Motors and Systems
  • Theory of Flight
  • Flight Operations
  • Human Factors
  • Radiotelephony

Additional information

Session Date

April 20/21, 2021

7 reviews for RPAS “Drone” Ground School

  1. Tyler H

    Great course! Very informative. Comfortable setting. The instructor was able to answer all of the questions i had and was extremely knowledgeable in all areas of the course. Overall great experience!

  2. Bob Hobson (verified owner)

    Great couple of days on the drone course. Very informative and great place. Thanks

  3. Bob Lesser (verified owner)

    Great learning experience. There are somethings you can’t learn from YouTube and need a knowledgeable aviation expert to explain as it relates to drones. Very nice training facilities. Came away confident of knowing what’s needed for the exam and much more. Thanks Mike!

  4. Phil Lyal

    Very good course. We covered a lot of ground in 2 days. Mike was very knowledgeable and able to handle any questions we had. Feel confident going forward to the drone licencing exam.

  5. Roger Monahan (verified owner)

    Wonderful experience. Mike placed the various areas of required knowledge into a cohesive context. Made it easier to comprehend the ‘Big Picture’. Spent the following week reviewing the various areas and my notes, then passed the advanced exam with flying colours. I can say with certainty that would not have been possible without the course. Thank you Mike!

  6. Michel Cardinal (verified owner)

    I had a great time. Mike is really nice and knows his stuff. I would recommend that anyone who is interested in taking the advanced exam to sign on. So much to learn in a short period of time. The course condensed everything in a short period of time. Plus the inter-action between the other students is great!

  7. Lucas R. (verified owner)

    Mike was engaged and informative. The curriculum was well displayed and easy to understand. The pace seemed to be ideal for all classmates.
    I graduated from the class prepared and I passed the advanced exam first attempt.

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This course consists of a two-day in-classroom session suitable for both Basic and Advanced Pilot Certificate exams. The location is near the picturesque village of Merrickville, a short 45 minute drive from downtown Ottawa.

The course will cover the knowledge areas required to safely and legally operate an RPAS in Canadian Airspace. While Ground School is not required by Transport Canada, there is a written exam and, for those wanting the Advanced certificate, a flight review with an examiner as well.

At the conclusion of the course, the participant will receive a completion certificate suitable for insurance purposes (should your carrier require training). In the event that the planned operation requires a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), the certificate will prove that you have received the required training.

The participant will also be given an opportunity to take the Innovation, Science and Economic Development/Industry Canada exam for the Radio Operators Certificate – Aeronautical (ROC-A). On successful completion, the participant will be given a letter of recommendation to Industry Canada to issue the certificate. The course will prepare the participant to write either the Basic or the Advanced Exam for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs) of 25 kg or less within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS).

Registration is limited to ensure personal attention.

Transport Canada Approval

This is where we would like to claim that our course is approved by Transport Canada (TC). Unfortunately, we can’t do that. Nobody can. TC does not approve RPAS ground schools. No training organization can truthfully claim that their course is TC approved. What we can, truthfully, claim is that our course syllabus is based on TP-15263E (2nd ed.), Knowledge Requirements for Pilots of Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems UAV 25 kg or less Operating Within Visual Line of Sight.


Course Topics

  • Canadian Aviation Regulations
  • Aerodromes and Airports
  • Licensing
  • Operating and Flight Rules
  • Flight Preparation
  • Equipment and Maintenance Requirements and Records
  • Maps and Charts
  • Pre-Flight Preparations
  • GPS
  • The Atmosphere
  • Temperature and Humidity
  • Clouds and Frontal systems
  • Air Masses
  • Winds and Turbulence
  • Weather Reports and Forecasts
  • Airframes
  • Batteries and Motors
  • Data Links
  • Compass and IMU
  • Autopilots
  • Maintenance and Record-Keeping
  • Principles of Flight
  • Forces Acting on an Aircraft
  • Flight Controls
  • Stability
  • Load Factor
  • Flight Planning
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Health and Safety
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Interpersonal Relations


  • Operators Certificate (ROC-A)
  • Terminology
  • Common Frequencies
  • Emergencies
  • Groundcrew Radios
  • Exam

Flight Training

We also offer flight training, usually the day following our ground school. Please see our flight course offerings. 

Fine Print

The full tuition is payable on booking. Refunds for cancellation will be made (less $50) up to 7 days prior to the start of the course. If we need to cancel the course, a full refund will be given. We reserve the right to set minimum attendance.

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