Self Study Courses

Become an Transport Canada certified advanced drone pilot with our Drone Pilot Ground School, an online test prep and training course for drone pilots looking to pass the Transport Canada Drone Pilot Small Advanced Exam.

  • Our course is written by retired Transport Canada Licensed Airline Transport Pilots (ATP) and former Transport Canada Commercial Ground School Flight Instructors.
  • PDF lectures & practice quizzes similar to the Transport Canada advanced exam.
  • 1:1 customer support for issues. Call us any time at 1.866.209.7214 or e-mail us at
  • Ground School Certificate you can print and frame. 
  • Bonus content to help you find a UAV (RPAS) job in Canada!

Our Transport Canada advanced drone pilot prep course covers the following 8 topics - 

  • Section 1 Air Law, Traffic Rules & Procedures
  • Section 2 RPAS Airframes, Power Plants, Propulsion & Systems
  • Section 3 Human Factors
  • Section 4 Meteorology
  • Section 5 Navigation
  • Section 6 RPAS Flight Operations
  • Section 7 Theory of Flight
  • Section 8 Radiotelephony ROC-A

This self study online course is designed to help you pass your basic or advanced drone pilot certificate exam and the estimated time of completion is 15-20 hours.  

It's important to note that we also offer a live online course for $445+HST that you can take at home as well, but this course is with a Transport Canada approved instructor and there is live Q & A. Some students feel this helps them better prepare for the exam.

Sign up today for our advanced drone pilot self study online course that is up today with new Canadian drone regulations effective June 1, 2019!

For questions please e-mail us at or call us at 1.866.209.7214.

Meet your instructors

Greg Davis - The Canadian Drone Institute

Greg Davis - Greg is a former Class 2 Transport Canada commercial ground school flight instructor with a Transport Canada Class 1 Instrument Flight Rating issued in 1974. Greg has over 7000 hours of commercial flight and commercial instructional time in Canada and the United States.

Greg had the distinct honor of being the youngest Instructor in Canada to be awarded by Transport Canada in 1973, for a Class 2  Instructors designation at the age of 21. His aviation career started at the Moncton and Halifax Flying Clubs as a Flight Instructor. Read full bio here

Allan Hutton - The Canadian Drone Institute

Allan Hutton - Al brings a wealth of hands on experience to The Canadian Drone Institutes Advisory Board. As is a former Military and Civilian pilot and ground school flight Instructor. Al has been a major contributor to our current ground school curriculum in the RPAS/UAV sections of Drone Operations and Drone Meteorology.

Al taught basic flight school, instrument flight procedures, aerobatics and formation flying at night in high-performance Jet aircraft. A feat not for the faint of heart! In total Al has over 3,000 hours of Flight School training and Pilot in Command Jet and rotary wing time over his career before his retirement from the Military in 1991. Read full bio here

Ross Wickwire - The Canadian Drone Institute

Ross WickwireRoss comes to The Canadian Drone Institute Advisory Board with a wealth of knowledge and experience from over 40 years in both fixed wing and rotary wing, commercial and government aviation. Ross has written our Drone Air Law, Air Procedures and Air Regulations for our Drone Ground School curriculum. 

Complementing his flight experience, Ross also has an extensive background in many areas including management, aviation operations, safety management systems (SMS), aircraft accident investigation to name a few. Ross has flown a variety of aircraft over the 40 years in the aviation industry. Read full bio here