RPAS “Drone” Ground School


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Please use the form below to enquire about special and/or private courses.

This course consists of a two-day in-classroom session suitable for both Basic and Advanced operations. 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 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 for operations of 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, 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
  • Airframes
  • Batteries and Motors
  • Data Links
  • Compass and IMU
  • Autopilots
  • Maintenance and Record-Keeping
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Interpersonal Relations


  • The Atmosphere
  • Temperature and Humidity
  • Clouds and Frontal systems
  • Air Masses
  • Winds and Turbulence
  • Weather Reports and Forecasts
  • Maps and Charts
  • Pre-Flight Preparations
  • GPS


  • Flight Planning
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Health and Safety


  • Principles of Flight
  • Forces Acting on an Aircraft
  • Flight Controls
  • Stability
  • Load Factor


  • 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.

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 bases are in Ottawa and Vancouver but, should the numbers warrant, we are happy to travel to your location.

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Additional information

Session Date

March 26/27 2019, April 23/24, 2019