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Drone Training - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Course (UAV) Ground School


Course Description

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This course provides training for UAV Theory, Flight and Operations. This in-depth theoretical background provides a solid foundation for operating commercially over diverse Canadian terrain, airspace and environments.

You will learn how to:
 Read meteorological reports and interpret weather systems
 Understand applicability of regulations
 Communicate effectively with NavCanada
 Read aeronautical charts to interpret terrain and airspace information
 Identify components of unmanned aircraft and their importance to the system as a whole
 Understand theory of flight in regard to fixed wing, multirotor and helicopter aircraft
 Identify human factors and their role in conducting safe operations
 Apply for a Special Flight Operation Certificate and what information to include
 Apply for an Industry Canada Restricted Operator Certificate with Aeronautical qualification (ROC-A)
 Carry out a safe commercial operation

There will be 4 online multiple choice quizzes at the completion of each section. They consist of the four main Transport Canada knowledge requirement sections - Navigation, Law, Meteorology and General Knowledge. The final exam covers all discussed topics with a required pass mark of 60%.

Although Transport Canada (TC) has yet to release the regulations and standards for the issuance of a Pilot Permit for small UAV operation, a comprehensive list of required knowledge has been published. Participants who have completed ground school training on these required knowledge topics by a compliant training organization, and who meet the other outlined requirements, are recognized by Transport Canada as pilots of UAV systems. The benefits of this recognition are valuable to companies as TC recognized pilots can avoid fines by knowing and understanding regulations, receive expedited or blanket Special Flight Operation Certificates, and promote their business as a quality trained professional.

This course is in partnership with and facilitated by: Aerobotika Aerial Intelligence Ltd.
Aerobotika Aerial Intelligence is a professional services organization that integrates leading edge unmanned aviation technology to solve business problems in a variety of commercial applications. Aerobotika's training was the first in Canada to be designed around the Transport Canada requirements and they don't stop there. Their in-depth training goes beyond the requirements, teaching commercial UAV technology and business practices. The ground school is the first part of a comprehensive commercial UAV pilot career program.

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Withdrawals and Refunds

Tuition will be fully refunded when notice of withdrawal is given 7 days before the course start date. If you are unable to attend your course, you may arrange for someone to take your place by contacting Continuing Education & Corporate Training at or 780-849-8623


Northern Lakes College reserves the right to re-schedule or cancel a course that lacks sufficient registrations to provide a satisfactory learning atmosphere. In this event your registration fee will be refunded in full or applied to the re-scheduled course.

Fee Payment

Fee Payment: Fees are due at the time of registration. Northern Lakes College accepts cash, cheque, money order, debit, VISA, MasterCard, American Express. Invoicing to a company requires a Purchase Order (PO).