UAV Pilot Ground School Certification

Ground School Certification for Commercial UAV Operators

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UAV Ground School built according to Transport Canada's requirements under TP 15263 " Recommended Knowledge Requirements for less than 25 kg, Visual Line of Sight Guide"

Current Transport Canada (TC) regulations require UAV operators to obtain a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) to operate a UAV for commercial purposes.

Delivery Method:

This ONLINE (E-Learn) course meets the Minimum Knowledge Requirements as stated in the Transport Canada guidelines.

Students will be able to study at their own pace (at home), complete all course material, training videos, and on line quizzes. The online course is intended to prepare the student for the final exam. Once ALL sections in the online course have been reviewed, ALL quizzes and homework assignments have been completed and PASSED with a minimum 60%, the student will be permitted to write the final exam.

The ONLINE E Learn course will give the student the knowledge requirement to fly an unmanned aircraft for Commercial and Research operations in Canada. Students will be able to print their Certificate upon successful completion of the course that can be used with any Special Flight Operating Certificate or Insurance application.

The course is designed to educate those with no prior aviation background in the safe and legal operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) under the 25 kg weight category. Students will be taught the knowledge requirements of airmanship and safety in accordance with Transport Canada’s requirements.

Course does NOT include any hands-on flying


  • To introduce students to RPAS standards as required by Transport Canada
  • To introduce students to RPAS acceptable standards of work in the industry
  • To introduce students to RPAS Ground School


  1. Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARS)
  2. Flight and Aerodynamic Theory
  3. Aeronautical Safety
  4. Meteorology
  5. Aerodromes and Airports
  6. Operating and Flight Rules
  7. Maps and Charts
  8. Air Law
  9. Radio Theory
  10. Flight Operations
  11. Pre Flight Planning
  12. Pilot Navigation
  13. Dealing with emergencies
  14. Weather constraints
  15. Human Factors
  16. Student discipline

Grading Plan

In Class Exam 80%

Ground Training Syllabus

1. Aerodynamics - On completion Students will be able to:

  • List the aerodynamic qualities of a RPAS, know what makes their RPAS increase or decrease in altitude, know the importance of wind direction and strength, know which direction to take off and land in with respect to wind.
  • Be able to appreciate the difference in units of distance measurements

2. Meteorology - On completion Students will be able to:

  • Know how to read detail weather forecasts effectively
  • Understand that RPAS has various weather limitations
  • Understand the difference between VFR and IFR conditions so as to know that RPAS flights are prohibited in IFR weather conditions.

3. Airspace - On completion Students will be able to:

  • Understand airspace and its classifications and restricted areas
  • Understand the concept of separation in airspace

4. Navigation- On completion Students will be able to:

  • Identify restricted areas on their air navigational maps
  • Identify aeronautical hazards from the map including glider areas and obstacles such as masts etc.
  • Tell the elevation above sea level of takeoff and landing areas.
  • Communicate proposed RPAS flight plan requests to Transport Canada

5. Air Law – Rules of the Air - On completion Students will be able to:

  • Know how to reference the law on RPAS operations in Canada and understand terminology
  • Know about Transport Canada’s regulations pertaining to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles operating under 25kgs

6. Operations Manual Approval and Flight Permits - On completion Students will be able to:

  • Know Canadian Law on training to attain a permit to operate an RPAS
  • Know that it is the RPAS pilot in command responsibility to assess fitness to fly in both crew and system
  • Determine if something is an incident or an occurrence and be able to submit the report form

7. Safe RPAS Operations - On completion Students will be able to:

  • Pre Flight planning
  • Establish the location of RPAS operation
  • Establish if flight area is within class G airspace/ located within 9 km of an aerodrome
  • Establish if the flight area is over a congested area / public road
  • Establish if a special permit is required
  • Identify a number of possible safe take off/landing areas
  • Be pre warned of geographical hazards
  • Establish height above sea level of take-off area

Student Discipline

Each student has the responsibility to be fully acquainted and to comply with the provisions of the operations and training manuals as provided.

If a student displays an irresponsible attitude or demonstrates a clear and distinct lack of aptitude or any other behavior not consistent with the qualities required of an RPAS operator, suspension from training may be considered.

Course Completion Certificates

A completion certificate for the RPAS ground course shall be produced when the course requirements have been met and the student has reached the required standard.

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