Proper training is critical to the success of any task or project. With over 21 years of worldwide training experience, Draganfly can provide you and your organization with factory certified, professional quality, systems training.
When we first developed the quad-rotor helicopter in 1998 it was very hard to fly. In the following years we developed a basic auto-leveling autopilot to speed the learning curve and improve the customer experience. Despite these efforts the aircraft required some level of pilot skill and training until we developed a full featured autopilot system for our Draganflyer series of helicopters in 2008.
The new autopilot system is excellent but at our core, we believe all customers in the event of an emergency, should be trained to "fly the aircraft".
The team at Draganfly are very capable and experienced to deliver both flight and systems training at our factory in Canada or when it makes sense, at the customer location. Contact us to learn more about our training methodology, course descriptions, duration, pricing, prerequisite requirements, facilities, and availability.
Individuals looking to conduct advanced operations under Transport Canada's RPAS/drone regulatory framework, coming into effect June 1, 2019, must obtain an Advanced Operations Pilot Certificate. For advanced operations, you need to pass the online Small Advanced Exam and then complete an in-person flight review administered by a Transport Canada-approved drone pilot.
Wouldn't you know it? Long-time Draganfly team member, Cory Baker, is a Transport Canada-approved drone pilot who is able to administer flight reviews. Every flight reviewer is associated with a self-declared drone flight school and we are thrilled to be associated with one of the very best in the business, Harv's Air. We highly recommend taking their RPAS/Drone Ground School for Advanced Operations prior to taking the online exam.
Flight reviews can be conducted at our location or yours and must be scheduled in advance. The review will take approximately 1-2 hours, not including travel time to and from the flying site. Within 24 hours of your flight review, your results will be submitted online. Transport Canada will email you a link to view your results.
If you pass the flight review, you can apply for an Advanced Operations Pilot Certificate. If you fail the flight review, you may schedule another review as early as the next day. There is no limit to the number of times you can retake the review, but you will need to pay for the review each time.
In order for the flight review to be administered, we will need to verify your credentials. To do so, you must provide us with your unique Drone Management Portal reference number, a copy of your Small Advanced Exam results with the reference number, and the certificate of registration for the drone to be used in the flight review. You are expected to complete all preparation for the flight, such as charging batteries, prior to the scheduled flight review time. You must also provide a valid government-issued identification that shows your name and date of birth.
Using your own Transport Canada-approved, safety-assured RPAS/drone, the flight review will consist of an evaluation of your demonstrated knowledge and skills required to operate your drone safely. The review will include an assessment of the following procedures: pre-flight planning, site survey, go / no-go decision, aircraft assessment, emergency protocols, take-off, manual flight, in-flight checks, lost link, fly away, safety awareness, landing, post-landing checks, and more. You must demonstrate adequate knowledge and skills in all areas of the flight review in order to pass.
We look forward to assisting you on your journey to become an Advanced Operations Drone Pilot!
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