RPAS “Drone” Ground School
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.
- AIR LAW
- AIRFRAMES, MOTORS AND SYSTEMS.
- THEORY OF FLIGHT
- FLIGHT OPERATIONS
- HUMAN FACTORS
- Canadian Aviation Regulations
- Aerodromes and Airports
- Operating and Flight Rules
- Flight Preparation
- Equipment and Maintenance Requirements and Records
- Maps and Charts
- Pre-Flight Preparations
- The Atmosphere
- Temperature and Humidity
- Clouds and Frontal systems
- Air Masses
- Winds and Turbulence
- Weather Reports and Forecasts
- Batteries and Motors
- Data Links
- Compass and IMU
- Maintenance and Record-Keeping
- Principles of Flight
- Forces Acting on an Aircraft
- Flight Controls
- Load Factor
- Flight Planning
- Aircraft Performance
- Health and Safety
- Interpersonal Relations
- Operators Certificate (ROC-A)
- Common Frequencies
- Groundcrew Radios
We also offer flight training, usually the day following our ground school. Please see our flight course offerings.
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.
Special and/or Private Courses
Please use this form to enquire about our special and/or private courses. Please give us your preferred dates. Our operations base is near Ottawa but, should the numbers warrant, we are happy to travel to your location.