RPAS Training

RPAS Programs 

New rules for flying RPAS (Drones) in Canada came into effect  June 1, 2019. Next RPAS Advanced /Basic Exam Prep course August 24th-27th 2021.  Flight Reviews available  upon request.

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Drones are aircraft—which makes you a pilot. When you fly your drone, you’re sharing the skies with other drones and aircraft.

In Canada, there are 2 main categories of drone operations: Basic and Advanced. Each one has 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.

The use of RPAS (Drones) has increased exponentially over the past few years both recreationally and commercially. With the June 1st implementation of strict Transport Canada regulations and requirements for both Basic and Advanced RPAS pilots understanding  these complex regulations and knowledge requirements  has become difficult. It is Critical to understand what is required of you as an RPAS Pilot.

Transport Canada now requires both Basic and Advanced operators to take an online exam  and for Advanced operators you are required to take a flight test. For Advanced operators to remain certified, you will need to keep your skills up to date. If you let your skills lapse for more than 2 years, you may lose your certification. This cycle follows a recurring 2 year basis. For holders of the Pilot Certificate – Advanced operations, the cycle begins the day you receive your certificate.

The Brampton Flight Centre is uniquely positioned to deliver both Basic and Advanced comprehensive RPAS courses , that will enable RPAS pilots to learn not only the Regulations for flying your  drone, but will prepare  you fro the Transport Canada exams and for advanced operators the  flight review. The Program will be taught by Both Qualified Flight instructors and Commercial RPAS Pilots. With many hours of Flight experience.

If you meet all 3 of these conditions, you’re conducting basic operations:

  • You fly it in uncontrolled airspace
  • You fly it more than 30 meters (100 feet) horizontally from bystanders
  • You never fly it over bystanders

If you do not meet any 1 of these 3 conditions, you are conducting advanced operations.

Advanced operations

If you meet any 1 of these conditions, you are conducting advanced operations:

  • You want to fly in controlled airspace
  • You want to fly over bystanders
  • You want to fly within 30 metres (100 feet) of bystanders (measured horizontally)

For advanced operations, here are some of the rules you must follow:

  • Register your drone with Transport Canada before you fly it for the first time
  • Mark your drone with its registration number
  • Pass the Small Advanced Exam
  • Pass a flight review with a flight reviewer
  • Be able to show your Pilot Certificate – Advanced Operations and proof of registration when you fly your drone
  • Fly within the operational limits of your drone

Our Programs  include the TP15263E knowledge requirements for Advanced and Basic Operations, including the required ROC-A radio exam for Advanced Operators.

  • Note Flight Reviews are conducted by our certified Brampton Flight Center Flight Reviewers and are not included in the cost of these courses. Persons requiring a flight review should contact us  directly to set up an appointment. At that time we will discuss what you will be required to provide at the time of the review.
  • If you require actual hands on flight training this can be arranged and you should contact us directly for details and cost.

You can register  for the Advanced course online on the BFC Pilot Shop website In-House RPAS courses at the Brampton Flight Centre or click on the following link.


The cost of  the Advanced course $729.00 plus tax. The course takes place over a four day period. and includes Study guide book and Technical log book. Dates for the Advanced are shown in the order area of the Humphrey’s Pilot Shop website , or by clicking on the above link.

Foreign Operators Filming in Canada

All foreign operators who wish to fly RPAS in Canada(Drones)  Must meet the following  requirements from Transport Canada. The individuals or companies must first take a Transport Canada TP15263  Ground School from a recognized  TC self declared School.  They must also  pass a flight review  and acquire an SFOC (Special Flight Operations Certificate) from Transport Canada. The SFOC Process can take up to 30 working days.

The Brampton Flight Center Specializes in custom programs for foreign operators and  Canadian based companies. For more information regarding these programs  and options contact us  by phone or email.

The Brampton Flight Centre offers individual and Corporate RPAS Training packages designed to meet Transport Canada Regulations for sRPAS 250 gm to 25 kg. Our classes prepare you for the Basic and Advanced Transport Canada Exams. We Provide a Flight Review Prep Course as well as conduct Flight Reviews.

All of our instructors have many years of experience in aviation and RPAS Operations at an industry level.

We offer detailed consulting services to the RPAS industry including building SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) for individuals, companies and organizations.  We also offer consultation services on obtaining SFOC’s (Special Flight Operations Certificates)

Some of our Clients include:

Bird Construction

Brock University

Crosslinx Transit Solutions

Greycell Inc.

Honda Canada

Infrastructure Ontario

Kubalistic Productions Inc.

Radiation Solutions

Ray Catchers Sun Sails

Region of Peel

We are South Productions (Chile)


Thanks Richard – Enjoyed the class and am really looking forward to the next steps!
– John Sokolowski, P. Eng, PMP
Video Producer
Marketing & Digital Communications
Region of Peel

Hi Richard, hope you are well.
Both Greg and I had some time last week, so we studied for the TC Advanced RPAS Exam, and we both took the test today. On first try, we each passed. Surprisingly, it was easier than either of us thought it would be. And, it was very funny, because we got identical marks! (Identical Twins)
We both got 92% on first attempt. Greg said he had about 6 questions he struggled with, and I had about 8 questions I found difficult to answer.
I was pretty condiment I would beat Greg, because he missed the first 1/2day of the BFC RPAS Course.
So I guess he must have had easier questions, because we tied.
Thank you so much for your course, and your insights.
It was fun, and it’s incredible how much content was covered in your course. Your resources in the DropBox folder (especially the PTT slides PDF) was helpful.

I wanted to thank you and your team for the course… Just passed my Advanced Exam on the first try!
-Jacob Featherstone

Hi Richard,
The course was great, I wanted to congratulate you and your team for the excellent content and the way the course was organized and delivered. Not only were all required knowledge areas covered in detail, but the delivery of the material by knowledgeable and experienced pilots and industry experts like yourself (as well as Joanne Hernandez and Mike Campbell) made this course both relevant and informative. The real life examples and industry “war stories” piqued our interest and raised the value of the course. Great job to all of you, keep up the good work!
Please feel free to use this message as testimonial wherever you deem appropriate.
Many thanks,
-Adrian Ciurea, P.Eng. PMP
Greycell Inc.

If you have any further  questions  feel free to contact:

Richard Hubley

Manager RPAS Programs

Brampton Flight Centre

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 905 838-1400 ext. 214