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  • 5 Days – Duration
  • 40 Hours – Ground School
  • 10 Hours – Home Study


$1,199.00 + HST



Our UAV Pilot Ground School Program covers all topics found in the Transport Canada (TP 15163E) “Recommended Knowledge Requirements” for Pilots of UAV systems 25kg or less, Operating within Line of Sight.

Transport Canada (TC) has announced that new regulations are expected by the end of 2018. Most industry insiders expect that a TC knowledge test will be a key component for commercial UAV pilots. Upon completion of our UAV Pilot Ground School Program, participants will be issued a knowledge test in which a passing grade of 60% must be achieved.

An OpenAir UAV Pilot Ground School certificate will be issued to those who pass the course. As TC prepares to regulate and license commercial UAV operators, passing the knowledge test will give participants a major leg up when commercial UAV use is integrated into the national airspace. Even recreational users will benefit from the knowledge and confidence gained from successful completion of our UAV Pilot Ground School Program.

In order to fly a commercial UAV, operators in Canada must apply to Transport Canada for a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC). Much like a flight plan for a conventional aircraft, the SFOC includes all the information relating to the intended use of the UAV. The other two areas are UAV system design standards and operator requirements.

SFOC application approvals may be granted more quickly if the pilot has passed an approved UAV course, as proof of knowledge.

Transport Canada will be issuing a pilot permit that is specific to small UAV systems, and restricted to Visual Line of Sight operation. As with other licences, applicants will have to complete a training course and write an exam, with a 60% passing grade.

UAV Pilot Ground School subjects include the following:

Canadian Air Regulations (CARs) Human Factors
Principles of Flight Meteorology
Airports & Aerodromes Radio Operators Certificate (ROC)
Special Flight Operator Cert Pilot Decision Making Manual
Risk Assessment


Reference Books:

We provide the following study guides which are included with the course fee:

Canada Flight Supplement VFR
AIM Navigation Chart
Aeronautical Map Training Manual

* After having passed our exam with a grade of 70% or above, students will be issued, upon successful completion of the 50 hour UAV Pilot Ground School Program, an OpenAir “UAV Pilot Ground School certificate”.


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