Tuition and fees have been waived for the initial intake cohort (March 2022) of this program through funding support from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.
This program will be made up of three courses which must be taken in the following sequence:
1. Drone Awareness (March 21 - May 4)
2. Basic Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) (September 12 - November 2)
3. Advanced RPAS (November 7 - December 21)
Drone Awareness (5 weeks)
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or Drones are becoming increasingly utilized in various industries and for personal use. This course is designed to break down barriers between individuals and organizations getting involved in drone-based research. It will cover the history of drone technologies, various applications of drone use, regulatory framework, mission planning, and getting hands on with micro drones for flight experience.
Basic Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)
The Basic RPAS course provides students with a solid foundation in drone operations, augmented by experiential field-based opportunities, for aspiring drone pilots endeavoring to pass their Transport Canada Basic RPAS exam. Students will develop their knowledge of ground school concepts with a focus on regulations and procedures governing legal drone operations to empower competent, confident, and safe operators.
The Advanced RPAS course expands on Basic Small RPAS piloting concepts by preparing students with skills and knowledge necessary for operations conducted in more complex environments and scenarios, including controlled airspace, urban environments, challenging terrain, and activities requiring special flight operating certifications. Students will learn about industry leading prosumer and enterprise grade airframes and sensor technology data products including lidar, multispectral, thermal and high resolution aerial imagery. Opportunities to pilot mid-size DJI Mavic 2 Pro drones and serve as payload operators of enterprise series airframes will be provided. Concepts surrounding organizational drone operations management will be explored including development of standard operating procedures, planning and conducting safe field operations, team deployment and monitoring. Student-led simulated advanced operations planning followed by a practice assessment will provide prospective advanced drone operators an opportunity to hone their skills and build confidence prior to challenging their Small Advanced RPAS exam and flight review.