307 Ground School

Ground School for Mapping and Inspection Teams

This 20-session UAV course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of unmanned aerial vehicle operations in Canada. The course includes practical training mapping and inspection training using a DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise drone.

This course is offered to companies, organizations and municipalities looking to create in-house UAV capability. We provide on-site team training for up to 6 students for $3950 for the complete 35 hour course.

We will cover all required study areas, ensuring that participants are well-prepared for both the theoretical and practical knowledge required to pass exams, perform a flight review, and obtain their UAV Pilot Certificate – Advanced Operations.

Course Curriculum

Unit 1: Introduction to UAVs and Regulations

  • Introduction to the Course
    – Course objectives and structure
    – Importance of UAVs in modern aviation
  • Overview of the Aeronautics Act and CARs (i)
    – History and purpose of the Aeronautics Act
    – Introduction to the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs)
    – Key provisions and applicability to UAV operations

Unit 2: Air Space, Traffic Rules and Procedures

  • Airspace Structure and Classification
    – Controlled vs. uncontrolled airspace
    – Classes of airspace (A, B, C, D, E, F, G)
  • Air Traffic Control (ATC) Procedures
    – Communication with ATC
    – Flight planning and coordination
    – Right-of-way rules

Unit 3: Airframes, Power Plants and Systems

  • RPAS Components
    – Airframe types and materials
    – Power plants and propulsion systems
    – Avionics and control systems
  • Maintenance and Inspection
    – Regular maintenance procedures
    – Pre-flight and post-flight inspections

Unit 4: Human Factors and Pilot Decision-Making

  • Introduction to Human Factors
    – Definition and importance in aviation
    – Human performance limitations
  • Pilot Decision-Making
    – Situational awareness
    – Risk management and mitigation strategies
    – Stress and fatigue management

Unit 5: Macro and Micro Meteorology

  • Basic Meteorological Concepts
    – Atmospheric composition and structure
    – Weather patterns and phenomena
  • Weather Data Interpretation
    – Reading and interpreting METARs and TAFs
    – Weather maps and charts
  • Impact of Weather on UAV Operations
    – Wind, visibility, precipitation, and temperature considerations

Unit 6: Air Navigation with Charts and Apps

  • Basic Navigation Principles
    – Latitude and longitude
    – Map reading and interpretation
  • Navigation Tools and Techniques
    – GPS and electronic navigation aids
    – Traditional navigation methods (compass, landmarks)

Unit 7: Flight Operations

  • Pre-Flight Planning
    – Mission planning and objective setting
    – Risk assessment and mitigation
  • In-Flight Operations
    – Control and maneuvering techniques
    – Emergency procedures
  • Post-Flight Procedures
    – Data analysis and reporting
    – Maintenance and storage of UAVs

Unit 8: Theory of Flight

  • Aerodynamics
    – Principles of lift, drag, thrust, and weight
    – Stability and control
  • Performance Factors
    – Effect of weight and balance
    – Impact of environmental conditions

Unit 9: Radiotelephony and Communication

  • Communication Protocols
    – Standard phraseology and procedures
    – Using aviation radios
  • Practical Radiotelephony
    – Simulated communication exercises
    – Real-time communication with ATC (where applicable)

Unit 10: UAV Operations under CARs Pt IX

  • Regulatory Framework
    – Detailed review of Part IX of the CARs
    – Operational requirements and limitations
  • Specific Operational Authorizations
    – Applying for and adhering to SOAs
    – Compliance and documentation

Unit 11: Review and Basic Exam Prep

  • Review of Key Concepts
    – Summary of units 1 to 10
    – Addressing any questions so far
  • Basic Examination Prep
    – What to expect and how to access the portal
  • Next Steps
    – Overview of remaining units
    – Context for advanced operations

Unit 12: Advanced Air Traffic Procedures

  • Special Use Airspace
    – Temporary flight restrictions (TFRs)
    – Military and emergency operations
  • Operational Scenarios
    – Complex air traffic scenarios and solutions
    – Coordination with other airspace users

Unit 13: Advanced RPAS Systems

  • Emerging Technologies
    – Innovations in RPAS airframes and propulsion
    – Autonomous systems and AI in UAVs
  • System Redundancies and Fail-Safes
    – Designing for safety and reliability
    – Redundancy systems in RPAS

Unit 14: Advanced Human Factors

  • Crew Resource Management (CRM)
    – Team coordination and communication
    – Decision-making in multi-operator environments
  • Human-Machine Interface
    – Interaction with UAV systems
    – Enhancing operator performance

Unit 15: Advanced Meteorology

  • Severe Weather Operations
    – Identifying and avoiding severe weather
    – Operating in challenging weather conditions
  • Microclimates and Local Weather Phenomena
    – Understanding and predicting local weather patterns
    – Impact on UAV operations

Unit 16: Mapping Techniques with Mavic 3E

  • Mapping with UAVs
    – Overview of photogrammetry and LiDAR
    – Mission Planning for Mapping
    – Setting up and executing mapping missions
  • Discovering Mavic 3E Systems
    – Tour of the RC Pro Enterprise controller
    – Drone camera options explained
  • Data Collection and Processing
    – Software tools and techniques
    – Q&A and Practical Mapping Exercise

Unit 17: Inspection Techniques with Mavic 3E

  • Inspection with UAVs
    – Types of inspections and their applications
    – Mission Planning for Inspections
    – Setting up and executing inspection missions
  • Mavic 3E Systems
    – Telephoto lens and vertical mapping
  • Data Collection and Analysis
    – Tools and techniques for inspection data
    – Q&A and Practical Inspection Exercise

Unit 18: Capstone Flight Operations Exercise

  • Comprehensive Flight Planning
    – Integrating knowledge from previous sessions
    – Preparing for a complex mission
  • Simulated Flight Operations
    – Hands-on flight simulation or practical exercise
    – Implementing emergency procedures

Unit 19: Review and Advanced Exam Prep

  • Review of Key Concepts
    – Summary of all study areas
    – Addressing any remaining questions
  • Final Examination Prep
    – Comprehensive review covering all course material
  • Next Steps
    – Finding and booking a local Flight Reviewer
    – Flight Review resources and practice tips

Unit 20: In-Person Flight Review Prep

  • Getting Ready
    – What you’ll be asked to do
    – What to take with you to your Review
  • Course Completion and Certification
    – Awarding of course certificates

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