Drone Training in Ottawa

First of all, nobody calls them “drones” any more…

In Canada, they’re now officially called Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, or “RPAS,” formerly known as “Unmanned Air Vehicles” (UAV), and alternatively known as “Unmanned Aerial Systems” (UAS) in the United States.

Well, most people still call them drones, and will probably keep calling them drones, despite the official changes made by Transport Canada.

But for the sake of this blog post, let’s just call them “drones” so we’re all on the same page!

Updated Drone Regulations in Canada


Transport Canada indicated at the Unmanned Systems Canada conference in Vancouver this October that indeed, the new set of Canadian Drone Regulations will be implemented before 2019.

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.

We’re all waiting patiently (at the time of writing this post), and in fact, by the time that you are reading this, they may in face have updated the regulations! But despite the new regulatory framework in Canada, it is still going to be absolutely prudent for professional drone operators, that is, companies or individuals who will regularly be operating their RPAS in close proximity to people or within controlled airspace, to receive high quality ground school training.

Why do I need drone training?

Technically speaking, when the new regulations are released, you will not need to present proof of completion of Ground School training, as is the current regulatory state. You will, however, be required to write and pass a federal government RPAS knowledge exam. Something like what our neighbours to the south (USA) have with their Part 107.

No offense, but if you’ve never had any aviation training, you will likely not be able to pass the federal exam for Advanced RPAS Operations, with a question bank consisting of over 1000 questions.

So let us help you out!

We are coming to Ottawa to run RPAS Ground School on January 8-9th, 2019 to prepare you for the new regulations, and get you all set up to pass that exam!

RPAS / UAV Ground School in Canada


M3 Aerial Productions has trained over 500 RPAS pilots across Canada, and that number continues to increase at a steady pace as more and more companies and individuals opt to comply with Transport Canada protocol.

Our RPAS Ground School course costs $799, and consists of two components.

Part 1: 2-day (16 hour) in-class instructor-led training session
Part 2: Approximately 25-hour online self-study component

Both pieces need to be completed prior to writing our Final Exam, which at the time of writing this blog, is a requirement to receive a certificate of completion of our Transport Canada-compliant RPAS Ground School program.

Once the new regulations change, our exam will simply change into a practice test for the federal exam…

What are people saying about M3 Aerial Productions RPAS Ground School?

Check out our testimonials section here to hear what people think of our training program… it is pretty good!

Register for RPAS Ground School in Ottawa, January 8-9th 2019

Go straight to our RPAS Ground School registration page to register with credit card or etransfer. Please feel free to ask us anything, if you have any questions! We’re here to assist you through your journey in the drone industry!

Matthew Johnson

I am a professional educator, serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces, UAV pilot, and owner of M3 Aerial Productions.

I am pleased to provide the community with amazing images they have never seen before, of their homes, farms, cottages, and more.