I am new to drones, can RPASOTC teach me how to fly a drone?
Yes, we offer flight instructions on a one-on-one basis and teach you how to operate and maintain your drone. And we can lend you our drone if you need one – we own and operate a variety of the most modern fleet of drones in the market!

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I want to fly recreational drones, are there rules I must follow?
If you plan to fly a drone for fun you must learn and follow the laws that apply to recreational drone use.  Review these rules before flying a drone for fun, if the drone weighs over 250 grams and under 35 kilograms.
Can I be fined for not following the rules?
If you fly where you are not allowed or you break the rules below, you could be fined up to $3,000. Following the safety rules helps keep people, aircraft and property safe.

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Do I need permission to fly my drone?
If you fly your drone for fun and it weighs 35 kilograms or less, you do not need special permission from Transport Canada.
If you fly your drone for work or research, or if it weighs over 35 kilograms, you must get a Special Flight Operations Certificate. The certificate tells you how and where you are allowed to use your drone. Although most operators will need a certificate, you may be able to qualify for one of two exemptions.

For more information on the certificate and exemptions, read Getting permission to fly your drone.
How do I find out my category of drone operation?
In Canada, effective June 1, 2019, there will be 2 main categories of drone operation: Basic and Advanced. Each one will have a different set of rules drone pilots must follow. The weight of your drone, distance from bystanders and airspace rules define your category. The rules do not treat people who fly drones for fun or for business differently.

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Do I need to register my drone?
Effective June 1, 2019, all drones or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) with a maximum takeoff weight of 250 grams (g) up to and including 25 kilograms (kg) must be registered. Drones under 250 g do not need to be registered. Drones over 25 kg also do not need to be registered, but require a special flight operations certificate instead.

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Do I need a pilot certificate to fly my drone?
Effective June 1, 2019, you will be required by law to obtain a pilot certificate to fly your drone legally.

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How can I get a pilot certificate to fly legally?
After June 1, 2019, if you plan to fly your drone recreationally, you must pass the Small Basic Exam.  For those flying non-recreationally, you are required to pass the Small Advanced Exam. Online exams are administered by Transport Canada.

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Do I need to register with a drone school to prepare for my pilot certificate exam?
While it is not mandatory for you to register, Transport Canada strongly recommends you attend a drone school before attempting the exam, given the amount and depth of knowledge that is required to fully cover each subject area of TP 15263 - Knowledge of Requirements for Pilots of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).
What is the Transport Canada online exam based on?
Online exam questions are based on TP 15263 - Knowledge of Requirements for Pilots of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). However, this document is not a study guide. Transport Canada strongly recommends taking a course with a drone flight school to prepare for your online exam.
Does RPASOTC offer Ground School training to prepare for Transport Canada’s online exam?
Yes, RPASOTC’s Instructor-led Online ADVANCED training offer is comprehensive and exceeds the guidelines provided by Transport Canada. We also offer Flight School for those learning to fly or preparing for the Flight Review, a requirement for the Advanced Pilot Certificate.
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Does RPASOTC offer Advanced drone training?
Our comprehensive Advanced Drone Operations training program prepares you to apply for a Pilot Certificate – Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft (VLOS) – Advanced Operations and covers material on the following topics/subjects dedicated to TP 15263 - Knowledge of Requirements for Pilots of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

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Does RPASOTC conduct Flight Reviews on behalf of Transport Canada?
Yes, we do book Flight Reviews which is the last step for acquiring a Pilot Certificate – Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft (VLOS) – Advanced Operations.

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Is RPASOTC listed by Transport Canada?
Yes, we are officially listed by Transport Canada as a training provider.

Our courses cover all the topics/subjects outlined by Transport Canada in document TP 15263 - Knowledge of Requirements for Pilots of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).
What is a Flight Review?
This is the last step for acquiring a Pilot Certificate – Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft (VLOS) – Advanced Operations. Once you have completed your Small Advanced Exam and Registered your drone, an in-person Flight Review must be completed to demonstrate your ability to fly and apply the knowledge from the Small Advanced Exam.

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Why should I consider RPASOTC for my training needs?
RPASOTC’s primary focus is drone operations and training.
Our leading-edge multi-media online and in-class inter-active training programs are crafted with the modern learner in mind. Our add-on practical skills training guarantees a well-rounded experience to equip you with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience required to confidently conduct drone operations in Canada. Using AI-driven adaptive learning technologies, we offer ongoing sustainment training on all topics/subjects dedicated to Transport Canada’s TP 15263 - Knowledge of Requirements for Pilots of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to help you maintain recency of your pilot certificate.

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Where do I find the current (effective until May 31, 2019) drone regulations?
The current regulations are effective until May 31, 2019.

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Where do I find the new (effective from June 1, 2019) RPAS (drone) regulations?
The new RPAS (drone) regulations come in to effect June 1, 2019.

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