The Canadian Gazette dropped the updated rules and regulations on January 9, 2019 that the drone industry had been waiting for. The new revisions can be viewed on the Canadian Gazette or Transport Canada's website. 

The new revisions will not be implemented until June 2019. This means you can continue flying as you have been for the next six months. After June everyone will have to follow the updated regulations and have a Basic or Advanced license. However, both exams are online, and you can take them whenever you want.

Refresher Classes
For those who don’t have time to read 40 pages of Canadian law we will be offering a refresher course to all our alumni. The course is planned to be ready for class in early February.

WWFC will also be offering several refresher Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) classes throughout the year. These classes will review some of the material that was originally taught, as well as cover all the new regulations and terms published in the Canadian Aviation Regulations. This refresher will help to ensure your successful completion of the online exams and prepare for your flight review.

Flight Examiners
If you are looking to complete the RPAS advanced certificate, you will also be required to complete a flight in front of a flight examiner. We will have several RPAS flight examiners and will be booking these online at a first come first serve basis. Watch for this to be posted on our website over the next couple of weeks.

WWFC strives to maintain a superior level of training to all customers past and present. As the regulations change and evolve, we will ensure we keep you informed and up to date. Should you still have questions please contact our RPAS Manager, Sarah Spry at or 519-648-2213 x106.

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.