basic category operations

To fly legally in Canada, non-citizens or permanent residents are required to apply for an SFOC (Special Flight Operations Certificate). While this application can be based off of foreign credentials (FAA Part 107 or similar), this program meets the requirements for those without a foreign license or permit.
Upon completion, you will receive a certificate which you can use to apply for an SFOC. 


  • Transport Canada Compliant

    Coastal Drone is a declared compliant trainer through Transport Canada so you can be sure you're getting quality training content.

  • Basic Category Knowledge

    This course meets the knowledge requirements (TP 15263) for pilots in the Basic Category PLUS a "TC- style" exam to test your knowledge.

  • All Online Course Delivery

    Get the knowledge you need from wherever you are, whenever you want it. Most students complete the course and exam within about 3 hours.

Course Curriculum

  • 01


  • 02


    • Definitions

    • Airspace

    • Basic Operations

    • General Rules and Operating Restrictions

    • Visual Observers and Visual Line of Sight

    • Prohibitions

    • Procedures Requirements

    • Payloads and Flight Operations

    • Special Events and Airports

    • Record Keeping

    • Quiz: The Laws

    • New Drone Regulations (in plain english)

  • 03


    • Physiology- Vision

    • Physiology- Hearing

    • Physiology- Fatigue

    • Physiology- Alcohol and Drugs

    • Physiology - The Operating Environment

    • Psychology- The Decision Making Process

    • Psychology- Situational Awareness

    • Psychology- Stress

    • Psychology- Attitude, Automation and Workload

    • Psychology- Pilot/Equipment Relationship

    • Psychology- Interpersonal Relationships

    • Quiz: The Pilot

    • Ground School Basic Notes Part 1

  • 04


    • Engines and Airframes- Handling, Care and Securing

    • Engines and Airframes- Data Links, Line of Sight and Interference

    • Engines and Airframes- Batteries

    • The Aircraft- The Electrical System

    • Engines and Airframes- The Autopilot

    • Engines and Airframes- The Inertial Measurement Unit

    • The Aircraft- The Magnetic Compass

    • The Aircraft - The Altimeter

    • The Aircraft- The Airspeed Indicator

    • The Aircraft - Payloads

    • The Aircraft- Launch and Recovery Systems

    • Engines and Airframes- Maintenance

    • Theory of Flight- The Basics

    • Theory of Flight- Airplanes

    • Theory of Flight- Multirotors

    • Theory of Flight- Helicopters

    • Theory of Flight- Situations to Avoid

    • Theory of Flight- Stability

    • Theory of Flight- Load Factor

    • Quiz: The Aircraft

    • Ground School Basic Notes Part 2

  • 05


    • Meteorology - The Earth's Atmosphere

    • Meteorology- Clouds

    • Meteorology- Surface Based Layers

    • Meteorology- Turbulence and Wind

    • Navigation- Longitude and Latitude

    • Navigation- Map Reading

    • Navigation- The Canada Flight Supplement

    • Radio Theory- Basics

    • Best Practices- Checking the Weather

    • Best Practices- Time Reading

    • Best Practices- Site Selection and Flight Planning

    • Best Practices- NOTAM

    • Best Practices- Flight Responsibilities

    • Best Practices- Bystanders and Crew

    • Best Practices- Winter

    • Best Practices- Procedures

    • Quiz: The Environment

    • Ground School Basic notes Part 4

  • 06



  • 07


    • RPAS Basic Written Exam

  • 08


    • What's Next?

RPAS Ground School and Exam