Canadian Drone Training & RPAS Certification
I had a great learning experience with Candrone. I am going to get a lot more out of my Mavic Pro 2 now with the hands on training thanks to Van's extensive knowledge and training. I would recommend their training to anyone from beginner to pro. Lots of good tips, advice and practical knowledge.
Glad we went to the office Candrone at Burnaby, British Colulmbia to pick up our Matrice 300, and the L1 Lidar package. We were given the drone training and a flight review as well as a course on the DJI terra- pro software . This three day package was performed by competant instructors and we left feeling well versed in all the neccessites to flying a drone, and making sense of the data that it produced.
Instructor Van Dinh conducted my private drone training and was very professional and knowledgeable. He had answers to any questions I threw at him and lots of tips to make my flying more fluid. I don't live on the Lower Mainland but it was worth the trip from the Interior to learn from a qualified instructor with years of experience.
How to obtain your RPAS Pilot Certification
The Adanced Pilot Certificate provides you the most flexibility for drone operations.
1. Take the Ground School
The initial step involves studying the Ground School course, which equips you with the necessary knowledge to undertake the official Transport Canada Basic or Advanced online exam.
2. Pass the Advanced Exam
The Transport Canada Small Advanced Online exam features 50 multiple-choice questions, with a 60-minute time limit and a passing score of 80%.
3. Pass the Flight review
This practical exam section requires you to show your drone operating skills in-person with a certified reviewer at our training center, lasting approximately 1 hour.
Categories of drone operations in Canada
In Canada, drone operations are categorized into basic and advanced types, each with its own set of rules. The category of operation is determined by factors such as the drone's weight, proximity to bystanders, and airspace rules. The same rules apply regardless of whether the drone is flown for recreational or business purposes.
Micro-drones (Under 250 grams)
Micro-drones, weighing less than 250g (for example DJI Mini 4), are exempt from registration and pilot certification requirements. However, pilots must not operate them in a reckless or negligent manner.
Basic drone operations in Canada are defined by these criteria: flying in uncontrolled airspace, staying over 30 meters away from bystanders, avoiding flying over them, and maintaining a distance from airports and heliports. Not meeting the criteria classifies the operation as advanced.
Advanced drone operations is defined by the need to fly in controlled airspace, over bystanders, within 30 meters of bystanders, less than 3 nautical miles from a certified airport or military aerodrome, or less than 1 nautical mile from a certified heliport.
Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC)
Foreign pilots looking to fly drones in Canada will need an SFOC.
An SFOC is necessary for drone operations exceeding advanced certification limits, such as flying drones over 25kg, beyond visual line of sight, or above 400 feet.
Drone training for your organization
Our services include group training and certification tailored for organizations, with past clients like the RCMP, Department of Fisheries, and BC Hydro. We customize our training to meet your specific needs and have the capability to travel to your location.
Our advanced training goes beyond basic piloting skills, focusing on areas like surveying and mapping. This includes photogrammetry, LiDAR mapping, and drone operations.
Learn from industry experts and get hands-on training from our professional drone service team.