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CTS Tek and Saskatchewan Polytechnic launch Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) pilot certification training

Two new courses launched to achieve Basic or Advanced RPAS Pilot certification with Transport Canada

April 22, 2020 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic and CTS Tek are launching two new courses designed to qualify students as Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) pilots. These courses will prepare students seeking either the Basic or Advanced RPAS pilot certification from Transport Canada.

“Commercial and government use of RPAS is experiencing explosive growth. These devices can revolutionize a broad spectrum of operations that, until recently, could either not be achieved or only be achieved at great expense,” explains Garrett Lawless, president of CTS. “While most organizations are focusing their efforts on conducting RPAS operations, our goal is to ensure their success by establishing ourselves as the best RPAS training group in the world. Sask Polytech has a long history of excellence, tailoring their academic offerings to precisely fit industry’s needs, and we are proud to partner with them to enable as many Canadian companies as possible to benefit from employing RPAS pilots.”

“There have been tremendous advancements in how RPAS pilots are employed, and these advancements are creating many new and exciting opportunities for commercial applications,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech president and CEO. “It is clear that RPAS usage will continue to grow for the foreseeable future, and Sask Polytech is honoured to partner with CTS Tek to deliver elite RPAS training as more employers adopt this new technology.”

The Basic RPAS course is delivered online, which enables students to complete training at their own pace as they prepare for the Transport Canada Basic RPAS Pilot certification exam. Basic RPAS Pilot certification is required to operate any RPAS that weighs over 250g. Subjects covered include air law, RPAS airframe design, RPAS engine operation, human factors, meteorology, navigation, flight operations, aerodynamics, and radiotelephony.

Advanced RPAS Pilot certification is required to fly any RPAS over persons or in controlled airspace, where the pilot must be able to communicate with Air Traffic Control and effectively comply with their clearances and instructions. This course is intended for those who operate in restricted airspace. This is a comprehensive course that will help students gain the knowledge needed to prepare for the Advanced Transport Canada exam. This course is delivered asynchronously online with instructor support and requires approximately 24 hours (three days) to complete.

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