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FSD Launches Drone Pilot Training Program

August 28, 2018

We're excited to announce that we are kicking off another highly innovative instructional program specifically targeting employment opportunities using the leading edge Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS). The demand for this industry is increasing and expanding faster than the ability to provide qualified pilots for the available jobs. This program will prepare students with the skills and knowledge they need to pilot drones and find employment once they graduate. Current job opportunities include:

  • Industrial inspections
  • Conservation
  • Search and rescue
  • Agriculture
  • Multimedia entertainment
  • Forestry

It's easy to see the inherent interest our young learners have in these technologies; many of them have already developed some of the requisite skills through gaming and social media. Our science and technology departments have collaborated with M3 Aerial Productions, a Transport Canada compliant and University Credit RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) Ground School, to develop this graduated RPAS Licensing program for the 2018-2019 school year.

Program Outline

This program will operate in a three-phased approach:

  • The first phase will begin with indoor RPAS units and will cover theories of flight, basic operation and safety
  • The second stage will be both indoor and outdoor and will cover current legislation, flight planning, etc.
  • The third and final phase will cover advance flight techniques, work planning, business planning, and official communications

Each phase has a dedicated RPAS kit with the appropriate units for the given curriculum. The photo below shows how the kits progress in size, complexity and power. 

The two individual kits are for teachers and coaches to use when earning their RPAS certification without breaking up the students' kits.

Once they complete the program, students will be ready to take the Transport Canada RPAS Exam.