Course Dates & Registration

 Comprehensive Three Day UAV Pilot Training Course

Whether flying a drone for work or research, the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre's training course will ensure you have the knowledge you need to operate safely and reliably in Canadian airspace.  

Why choose us?

Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (WWFC) is one of the largest professional flight schools in Canada. We know aviation and we know UAVs/drones. Our course provides you with practical, up-to-date information, so you can safely operate under Transport Canada's Exemptions (under 1kg or 1-25kg) or under your Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC).

The benefits of our training are invaluable. We provide students with the required aviation knowledge, a radio licence and training on how to apply for the SFOC properly, all in a professionally run and active flight training facility.

Our course is Transport Canada (TC) compliant, meaning we cover the materials outlined as necessary by TC's knowledge document TP15263.

  • WWFC Instructors are licensed flight instructors (commercial pilots) and Aircraft Mechanics.
  • External instructors bring years of commercial UAV/drone flying experience to you.
  • Ongoing support through our graduates Facebook group.
  • WWFC closely follows TC and industry developments.
  • WWFC is a member of Unmanned Systems Canada and partnered with several UAV manufacturers.
  • Our intensive program is designed to introduce operators to the range of scope of the two categories of UAV exemptions (under 1kg or from 1-25kg).
  • Current regulation through Transport Canada (TC) requires most UAV operators to obtain a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) to operate a UAV for commercial purposes.
  • Training will provide the knowledge and resources required to operate a UAV safely and in compliance with TC requirements.


  • Aviation restricted radio operators licence
  • WWFC course notes including SFOC application guidance and template
  • One hour hands-on flight experience
  • Professional mission, demonstration by Scott Gray
  • Course binder and reference materials

 Topics covered

  • Airspace
  • Theory of flight as it applies to all UAVs
  • Air law
  • Navigation
  • Mission planning and site surveys
  • Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC)
  • Operating under exemptions
  • Human Factors
  • Meteorology
  • UAV maintenance
  • Interpretation of Aeronautical Chart
  • UAV Control Systems

Cost: $549.00 + HST

Cancellation Policy: We require 14 days cancellation notice prior to your scheduled arrival. A transfer to another class is permitted, otherwise no refund will be issued.

We offer customized UAV training services for groups of seven or more.
Please contact UAV Business Development, Sarah Spry at 519-648-2213  directly for more information on this training option.

Meet one of your UAV training instructors!

Scott Gray, President of AVIDRONE Aerospace Inc.
Scott provides hands-on technical UAV flight training for Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre's (WWFC) UAV program. Scott is an entrepreneur and local business leader, and his UAV expertise combined with his professional aviation flight training background brings a high-level of professionalism to WWFC's unique program.

About Scott Gray

  • Years of experience flying UAV helicopters and camera-equipped, custom built UAV helicopters and octocopters for low-level aerial photography and HD video. 
  • Holds a Transport Canada SFOC for UAV flying.
  • Mechanical designer and has developed and worked on many UAV and radio controlled projects ranging from a few pounds up to 900lbs flying weight.
  • Avidrone AeroSpace logo

Flying your drone legally and safely is important.

Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre offers UAV Training courses, so you can learn Transport Canada's regulations and more. We also endeavor to keep our UAV customers, past and present up-to-date on Transport Canada's regulations.

Check back often for new posts and information!

As of December 22, 2106, Transport Canada (TC) posted updates to UAV regulations you should be aware of. This quick overview illustrates the changes, but we encourage you to read both documents listed below fully, as they will assist you in the process of operating your UAV business.

SFOC Applications

The above PDF can be filled out electronically one you download and save it.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Spry at our office for more information.

Course Dates & Registration

Learn more about the regulations and have a chance to fly a UAV or drone in a hangar at Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre.

Four hour course includes:
  • How to fly and how to use the control systems
  • How to operate safely
  • One hour hands on flight instruction (drones supplied)
  • Maintenance and batteries
  • How to comply with current Transport Canada regulations
  • And more!
  • $49 + HST per person
  • $89 + HST for two people

Cancellation Policy: We require 14 days cancellation notice prior to your scheduled arrival. A transfer to another class is permitted, otherwise no refund will be issued.


Rules for recreational drones

If you fly your drone for fun and it weighs more than 250 g and up to 35 kg, you do not need special permission from Transport Canada to fly.

Follow the basic safety rules below. Not doing so may put lives, aircraft and property at risk. If you fly where you are not allowed or choose not to follow any of the rules below, you could face fines of up to $3,000.

Do not fly your drone:

  • higher than 90 m above the ground
  • closer than 75 m from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds, etc.
  • closer than nine km from the centre of an aerodrome (any airport, heliport, seaplane base or anywhere that aircraft take-off and land)
  • within controlled or restricted airspace
  • within nine km of a forest fire
  • where it could interfere with police or first responders
  • at night or in clouds
  • if you can’t keep it in sight at all times
  • if you are not within 500 m of your drone
  • if your name, address, and telephone number are not clearly marked on your drone.

Flying for Fun Brochure

The list above is an overview of the new rules for recreational drone users. Consult the Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft for the full list of provisions. Members of the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) who operate at MAAC sanctioned fields or events are not subject to these rules.

Non-recreational drone: If you fly your drone (or UAV) for work or research, or if it weighs more than 35 kg, you must get a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC). The SFOC tells you how and where you are allowed to use your UAV.For more information on the SFOC, read Getting permission to fly your drone.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Spry at our office for more information.

Tips for recreational drone users:

  • Fly your drone during daylight and in good weather.
  • Keep your drone where you can see it with your own eyes – not through an on-board camera, monitor or smartphone.
  • Make sure your drone is safe for flight before take-off. Ask yourself, for example: Are the batteries fully charged? Is it too cold to fly?
  • Respect the privacy of others. Avoid flying over private property or taking photos or videos without permission.

If you are in town for a course with the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, we have corporate rates with the following hotels that are near the airport.

Cambridge Hotel & Conference Centre

If you are interested in accommodation while taking the course, we have a corporate rate with Cambridge Hotel & Conference Centre. When you call for a reservation, please mention the special code attached to your invoice to receive the special rate.

1-866-622-1505 to make reservation

700 Hespeler Rd, Cambridge Ontario, N3H 5L8



Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo

If you are interested in accommodation while taking the course, we have a corporate rate with Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo.  When you call for a reservation, please mention the special code attached to your invoice to receive the special rate.

1-800-333-3333 to make reservation

2960 King Street East Kitchener, Ontario N2A 1A9



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More questions?

Do you have more questions on UAV (drone) regulations in Canada? Connect with Transport Canada here.

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This UAV course was packed full of information delivered by very knowledgeable and qualified instructors. I left this course
feeling confident with regard to the SFOC application process. I now see that I would not have been successful in filling
out SFOC applications without this course. Thank you Dave, Sarah, Brett and can't remember the name of the first instructor
but thank you too!

Very Interesting and valuable course if not initially somewhat intimidating. Suggest that doing the course in the summer may be better as it was a little chilly in the hanger for hands on flight training and would help with battery life. Will for sure be seriously investigating integrating into my Home Inspection business, may even reduce my insurance coverage if it can keep me off roofs

The UAV course was very comprehensive and informative. It is clear to me that WWFC really know the changing regulations and are in regular contact with Transport Canada. In fact, The regulations were updated 3 days before my course began and they had already integrated the new changes into the course by the time I started.

Even after the course has ended, the instructors give you their contact information to help you with any issues you may encounter when submitting for your own SFOC. Their responses are quite prompt, usually the following day. Fantastic experience!

I took the course so I can meet the future requirements that Transport Canada may be implementing. The instructors where all well versed in the information. I think the way they present the course is a bit underwhelming. Old style PowerPoints and matching books of the same info. It gets the information to us, it’s just very dry. The people are very friendly and do their best to answer questions. If they don’t know they will ask someone who does. The course I imagine is evolving as they run it more often. The price I think is good value for what you get. I have since then had 3 SFOC approvals and are working on my standing SFOC. I would recommend this course and have many times already.

I took the weekend course at WWFC to gain a more in depth understanding of UAVs, and I found this course to be very helpful. The course covered a number of important topics applicable to UAV operations. The instructors were knowledgeable and willing to share their experiences and advice to students. There was even a hands on component, as well as simulators which provide some live UAV experience. Prepare to receive a lot of info over the weekend, but the WWFC instructors advise they are available after the fact for support if needed. I recommend this course no matter what type of experience you have - this course will help make the SFOC application process much clearer.

Great way to introduce yourself to the world of Drones whether you have one or not. You will get real information on the regulations, best types to buy and build a community of fellow UAV pilots to exchange ideas questions and get accurate information in this ever changing industry.

Great material, great content. A must have for any uav operator.