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UAV Ground School

Everything you need to get started in the UAV business in Canada taught in person by industry experts.

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Special Flight Operations Certificate

You need to obtain a special flight operations certificate (SFOC) if ANY of the following are true:

  • Your aircraft has a take-off weight above 25kg.
  • You want to fly next to a building and there is a neighbouring building within 9km.
  • You want to fly in anything other than class G airspace.
  • You want to be able to operate at a moments notice.

Company Operations Manual

Check out our blog post to find out why your organization needs a COM!

Included in your Company Operations Manual package you'll receive:

  • Personalized Company Operations Manual (COM)
  • "How to use your COM" Guidance Material
  • Packing and Preparation Checklist
  • Pre- and Post-Flight Checklist
  • Property Permission Letter Template
  • Compliance Documentation Crew Member Examination
  • Crew Training Record Template

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Description

STEP 1

Fill out the SFOC Form

STEP 2

Add discounted bundle to cart

STEP 3

Show up at our ground school and begin your journey to become a fully functioning UAV pilot!

SFOC APPLICATION

Apply now and let our SFOC developers starting working on your application to fly legally

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Special Flight Operators Certificate

Jumpstart your UAV career today!

What you’ll learn

Our 3-day course equips you with fundamental knowledge in these five areas.

Air Law

Navigation

Meteorology

General Knowledge

UAS Operations

One of the primary ways of ensuring aviation safety is for all operators to have a good grasp of regulations and procedures.  The manned aviation industry regulations are currently being amended to apply to unmanned aerial vehicles as well.

  • Definitions
  • Introduction to CARs
  • Aerodromes and Airports
  • Airspace Structure
  • Aircraft Operating Restrictions
  • Operating and Flight Rules
  • Operational and Emergency
  • Flight Preparations, Flight Plans, Flight Itineraries
  • Pre-Flight Requirements
  • Operations in the Vicinity of an Aerodrome
  • VFR Air Regulations
  • Special Flight Operations
  • Aircraft Requirements
  • Aircraft Equipment Requirements
  • Aircraft Maintenance Requirements Aircraft Technical Records
  • Miscellaneous
  • New CAR Subpart*
  • Transportation Safety Board
  • Air Traffic Services
  • Other Legislation

Transport Canada is expected to release the new Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), including the Subpart listed above, that apply to UAV operators in 2016.  We will be offering updates to our students as the regulations change to ensure our training remains valid and relevant.

Though your aircraft won’t be leaving your sight, knowing how to interpret aviation charts is a fundamental skill.  This part of the course is interactive and ties in well, helping to connect the dots in understanding airspace.

  • Definitions
  • Maps and Charts
  • Time and Longitude
  • Pilot Navigation
  • Triangle of Velocity
  • Pre-Flight Preparation
  • Radio Theory, GNSS and Other Radio and Radar Aids

Access and read weather like a pilot! Learn some essential tools available to you and the weather theory that goes along with it.

  • Composition of the Atmosphere
  • Atmospheric Pressure
  • Altimetry and Meteorological Conditions
  • Temperature
  • Atmospheric Moisture
  • Stability and Instability- Fog and Inversions
  • Cloud Types
  • Fog and Surface Based Layers
  • Turbulence
  • Wind
  • Air masses
  • Fronts
  • Aircraft Icing
  • Thunderstorms
  • Meteorological Services Available to Pilots
  • Aviation Weather Reports
  • Aviation Forecasts

General Knowledge encompasses several subtopics in one, making up a large portion of the course.  We’ll cover everything from the wing design to LiPo batteries to how standard operating procedures make operations safer.

Theory of Flight

  • Principles of Flight
  • Forces Acting on an Aeroplane
  • Aerofoils
  • Propellers
  • Design of the Wing
  • Rotor Design
  • Load Factor
  • Stability
  • Aeroplane Flight Controls
  • Helicopter Flight Controls
  • Aircraft Components
  • Helicopter Aerodynamics
  • Multi Rotor Copter Dynamics
  • Airships
  • Recovery Systems

Engines, Airframes and Systems

  • Airframes
  • Engines
  • Electrical System
  • Fuel Systems and Fuels
  • Data Links
  • Batteries
  • Autopilots
  • Payloads
  • Electrical Motors
  • Launch and Recovery Systems
  • Maintenance and Record Keeping

Flight Operations

  • General
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Performance Charts and Data
  • Weight and Balance
  • Aircraft Critical Surface Contamination
  • External Loads
  • Occupational health and Safety
  • UAV VLOS  Operations

Flight Instruments

  • Pitot Static System
  • Airspeed Indicator
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Heading Indicator
  • Attitude Indicator
  • Instrument Flying
  • Control Station and Simulation

Human Factors

  • Aviation Physiology
  • The Pilot and the Operating Environment
  • Aviation Psychology
  • Equipment-Materials Relationship, Operating Procedures
  • Interpersonal Relations

Though not required by Transport Canada, we cover what a UAS operation looks like from start to finish.  We’ll guide you through the Staff Instruction, what to include (and not include!) in an SFOC application and much, much more.  This section helps us to put the puzzle pieces together by applying the knowledge you’ve gained throughout the course.

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