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40 Hour Professional Program



Our Ground School Certificate Program PLUS covers all of the topics found in the Transport Canada (TP 15263E) “Recommended Knowledge Requirements” for Pilots of UAV systems 25kg or less, Operating within Visual Line of Sight.

Transport Canada has announced that new regulations are expected late 2018. Most industry insiders expect that a TC knowledge test will be a key component for commercial UAV pilots. Upon completion of our UAV Ground School, participants will be issued a knowledge test in which a passing grade of 70% must be achieved. A OpenAir UAV Pilot Ground School Certificate will be issued to those that successfully 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 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 licenses, applicants will have to complete a training course and write an exam, with a 70% percent passing grade.

UAV Ground School Subjects include the following:


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


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