Canadian UAV Training – Self Study Options

We recently posted a list of UAV training providers in Canada, however some people may not be able to visit these locations or are looking for  self study options…

The first place to start is with the Transport Canada Knowledge Requirements, these outline what TC expects UAV pilots to know, and should be used as a general guide.

This document provides topics and sample objectives in the cognitive domain. The sample objectives provided are not a complete list of objectives – their purpose is to illustrate the depth of knowledge expected in the subject areas.

As outlined in the TC document, the following are additional recommended study materials:

Many of these publications can be found on the Nav Canada website.

A study guide for the Restricted Operator Certificate – Aeronautical (ROC-A) can be found on Industry Canada’s website.

D225004-BIn addition to these government resources, probably the best and only third party publication that covers the required material is – UNMANNED: TEXTBOOK FOR UAS STUDIES

A fascinating sector is emerging in the world of aviation. Unmanned aircraftsystems (UAS) are re-­-defining aerial activities, and broadening the definitionof what it means to be a pilot. Unmanned: Textbook for UAS Studies, shares thatemerging world with its readers.

Now, at the dawn of a new sector in theaviation world – a dawn that is enlightening industry advances in Unmannedaircraft developments – Aviation Publishers presents this new title, to educatethose who will fly these fascinating technologically-­-advanced aerial machines,for commercial applications. Large and small, heavy and light, the UAS is anamazing new breed of aircraft. Its world is broad, and its pace of development is rapid.

Subjects in Unmanned include: Evolution of UAS, Regulations& Authorities, UAS Classification, Command & Control, Situational Awareness, Types of UAS Operations, Payloads, Special Flight Operating Certificates, and Rotary Wing UAS. Based on its parental publication, From the Ground Up from which it shares content, Unmanned also delves into subjects that UAS operators must know to fly the systems that are their responsibility. These subjects include: Theory of Flight, Aerodromes & Airspace, Aviation Weather,Air Navigation, and Radio. Unmanned concludes with a comprehensive list of explanations, spanning several pages, of International Abbreviations &Terminology used in the UAS field.

Aviation Publishers has teamed with the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (CCUVS) to create this new title, Unmanned. The CCUVS exists to facilitate sustained, profitable growth in the Unmanned systems sector. They represent academia, industry and government;they work in air, ground and maritime Unmanned systems environments. Their activities and services include: Unmanned systems standards work, research assistance, applications and technology solutions development, training,provision of facilities, publishing of industry studies, consultancy, promotion of civil and commercial use of Unmanned systems, and stimulating economic grow thin the UAS industry.

CCUVS has, as its objectives, the motivation to develop standards for Unmanned aircraft systems. Furthermore, they seek to expand the knowledge base of UAS, promote expansion and innovation throughout the industry, promote sector cooperation and growth, and optimize the technology to facilitate UAS integration into world markets.

A review of the book can be found on DIY Drones.

At this time there is no official or certified training programs or exams, the onus falls to the operator to ensure they understands the ins and outs of safe UAV operation in Canadian airspace. Take the time to research and learn, and always keep this process going.

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
― Socrates

NAV CANADA FIC Contact Numbers

For weather briefings, NOTAMs, and assistance filing a flight plan,  contact NAV CANADA, which operates eight Flight Information Centres (FIC) across Canada.


For access to services provided by the FIC, the following telephone numbers are
available toll-free within Canada only: 1-866-WXBRIEF (1-866-992-7433)

Calls to this number are routed to the FIC that serves the area from where the call originates.

Direct telephone numbers to specific FICs:

  • Kamloops FIC 1-866-541-4101
  • Edmonton FIC 1-866-541-4102
  • Winnipeg FIC 1-866-541-4103
  • London FIC 1-866-541-4104
  • Québec FIC (bilingual service) 1-866-541-4105
  • Halifax FIC 1-866-541-4106
  • Whitehorse FIC 1-866-541-4107
  • North Bay FIC 1-866-541-4109

NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit corporation responsible for providing civil air navigation services in Canada. Through its coast-to-coast operations, NAV CANADA provides Air Traffic Control (ATC), flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information, airport advisory services, and electronic navigation aids. Refer to: www.navcanada.ca

Source: Aviation Weather Services Guide – Nav Canada

Common SFOC Related Acronyms

black-and-white-question-mark-clipart-9T4ep4xacWhen dealing with Transport Canada, Nav Canada, and the SFOC process in general, there are numerous acronyms that get tossed around.  Understanding this “aviation speak” is critical when working within the industry. Here are some of the more common items that typically come up:

ACAS – Airborne Collision Avoidance System

ACC – Area Control Centre

ADS-B – Automated Dependant Surveillance – Broadcast

AGL – Above Ground Level

AME – Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

AMO – Aircraft Maintenance Organization

ASL – Above Sea Level

ATC – Air Traffic Control

ATS – Air Traffic Services

BVLOS – Beyond Visual Line of Sight

CAD – Canadian Aviation Document

CAIRS – Civil Aviation Issues Reporting System

CARAC – Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council

CARs – Canadian Aviation Regulations

C2 – Command and Control

CYR – Canadian Restricted Airspace

ELT – Emergency Locator Transmitter

FIC – Flight Information Center

FIR – Flight Information Region

FPV – First Person View

FSS – Flight Service Station

GBSAA – Ground Based Sense and Avoid

GHz – Gigahertz

GPS – Global Positioning System

ICAO – International Civil Aviation Organization

IFR – Instrument Flight Rules

IMC – Instrument Meteorological Conditions

LED – Light Emitting Diode

MAAC – Model Aeronautics Association of Canada

MANOPS – Manual of Operations

METAR – Meteorological Aviation Report

MHz – Megahertz

MTOW – Maximum Take-off Weight

NOTAM – Notice to Airmen

NM – Nautical Miles

NVG – Night Vision Goggles

OPA – Optionally Piloted Aircraft

PED – Portable Electronic Device

PIC – Pilot In Command

RDIMS – Records, Documents and Information Management System

SFOC – Special Flight Operations Certificate

SI – Staff Instruction

SOP – Standard Operating Procedures

TC – Transport Canada

TCAS – Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System

TP – Transport Canada Publication

UAS – Unmanned Aircraft System

UAV – Unmanned Air Vehicle

UPS – Unit Procedures Specialist

VFR – Visual Flight Rules

VHF – Very High Frequency

VLOS – Visual Line of Sight

VMC – Visual Meteorological Conditions