UAV Ground School


UAV Ground School

4.83 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)


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

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The Aerobotika Academy pilot ground school teaches you all of the essential knowledge to get started in the unmanned aviation industry or to get your operation inline with Transport Canada’s Pilot Knowledge Requirements. This course also includes Industry Canada’s Restricted Radio Operators Certificate with Aeronautical Qualification (ROC-A).

What you get

  • All of the knowledge you need to run a UAV operation
  • The certificate of completion needed for your SFOC and insurance
  • Your radio operators certificate (ROC-A)
  • Access to the Aerobotika training guarantee
  • Free ground school for life

This in-person course is available in our classrooms

  • Vancouver
  • Nanaimo
  • Victoria
  • Edmonton
  • Calgary
  • Regina
  • Winnipeg
  • Toronto
  • Ottawa
  • Montreal
  • Halifax

Select your city and date from the selection on the top right.

What sets us apart?

Aerobotika’s training was the first in Canada to be designed around the Transport Canada requirements, but we don’t stop there. Our training gets very in depth about commercial UAV technology and business practices. The ground school is only the first part of a comprehensive commercial UAV pilot career program and we’re one of the few schools on Transport Canada’s list of compliant training organizations!

Who is it for?

You!  Whether you’re an RC pilot who wants to know more, a commercial operator looking to add to your resume or brand new to the industry, our pilot ground school course will equip you with all the necessary knowledge to get started on the right foot.

Why do I need it?

With the regulation changes in 2016, pilots will require training from an organization such as ours to meet the Compliant Operator criteria.  Currently, training shows Transport Canada, insurance companies and potential clients you’re serious about safety and have the knowledge to follow through.  

Dates and Times

Most of our UAV Ground Schools run on weekends. If weekdays work better for you, let us know from the contact form below. We do have weekday courses popping up from time to time.

Weekend Schedule:
Friday evening 17:00 to 21:00
Saturday 09:00 to 18:00
Sunday 09:00 to 18:00

The dates for our courses are listed in the top right of this page. Choose the date and location that is best for you and see the price and availability.


Will I be certified?

Sort of. There is currently no certificate or license in Canada. Aerobotika will certify that you have passed the course and understand the content. This is one of the 3 things needed to get your Special Flight Operations certificate that is required to run your commercial UAV mission.

Do I have to take this training?

Absolutely. You will not be able to fly commercially under the exemption rules or the SFOC without a compliant UAV ground school


None!  Pilot ground school is a great place to get started.

Corporate, Custom, and Group Training

Training programs customized to your group’s needs are our specialty

Private Group Training

What you’ll learn

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

Air Law



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 the summer of 2017.  We will be offering updates to our students as the regulations change to ensure our training remains valid and relevant. Check out our training guarantee for more info

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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6 reviews for UAV Ground School

  1. 5 out of 5

    Excellent Course great teacher I learned a lot more then I expected , and feel more prepared to take on the field …..Thanks

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    5 out of 5

    Great Course, even better instructor. Glad I took it through Aerobotika.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Loved the course, found it very informative.

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Kate is a great instructor. The class helped me learn more details about TC regulations. Most importantly I learned how to fly safely in Canadian air space.

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Fantastic course, even better instructor (Kate)! Worth every penny!! It is a lot of information to absorb, but so needed to fly safe and in compliance.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Recently attended the UAS Ground School. I have had an interest in flying since I was a young boy. The class size was small which provided a great instructor to student ratio. There was lots of time for questions and sharing of experiences from the group and instructor during the sessions. The material was well organized and put together. Staying engaged during class was not a problem and the instructor was keen to share many personal experiences relating to the subject. I came away with knowledge that will certainly assist in building my business. I am glad to have attended this class, will be looking at some of their other offerings as well. Wish I had attended sooner. Money well spent in my opinion.

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