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Located in Markham, Ontario, a city known for high-tech ventures (and just north of Toronto, Canada), Sugu provides training for drone operators.
Located at 16th Avenue & 404 in Markham, Ontario Sugu (Japanese for “fast”) is Canada’s largest drone training centre offering classes 365 days a year. Our programs are taught by operators who are licensed commercial pilots, aircraft mechanics and photographers with years of experience in flying.
Sugu Offers Several Courses Taught Either Online or In-Person which satisfy Transport Canada’s TP15-263 requirements.
Some of the courses taught include:
Ground School TP15263 : learn to fly without endangering your drone using a modern simulator. This is a modular online & in person course taught by a licensed commercial pilot; which goes over UAV flight basics so you are knowledgeable to fly your UAV.
Other courses cover everything from Theory of Flight, Navigation, Meteorology, Airlaw, Radio procedures, Flight Instruments, Flight Operations, Flight Training and Human factors.
Sugu’s courses are recognised by Transport Canada.
Sugu Consulting Services
Sugu also provides consulting services for firefighting, and SFOC’s. Drones can provide a birds-eye view of a fire and live-streaming high-resolution thermal images. This can be used to find victims faster, assess hazardous situations from a distance and even search and rescue by dropping supplies.
Providing SFOC consulting services, Sugu assist with the application submission and design. A SFOC (Special Flight Operations Certificate) is a document issued by Transport Canada that tells you how and where you may fly your drone. For more information on SFOC’s, see: Transport Canada’s website. Generally it applies to compliant drones operating in a urbanized environment. Sugu is a one stop shop where you can find insurance and download resources from Transport Canada on there school website.
Drone Rental Services
Sugu also makes drones available for rental. Upon completion of our course, students will be able to rent out compliant drones for usage in urban environments. Students will be subject to a final exam and flight review.
For more information call 1888-FLY-SUGU (1-888-359-7848)
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Attend a Transport Canada Ground School Course
There are minimum age and medical requirements, as well as minimum competency standards that address knowledge, experience and skill. In terms of knowledge (ground school), the pilot must have successfully passed a course of ground school training that is based on Transport Canada TP15623 – “Knowledge Requirements for Pilots of Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems, UAV 25 Kg or less operating within visual line-of-sight”. This document is available at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/ca-publications/TP_15263E.pdf. Drone pilots are only required to obtain ground school training, and thus practical training is omitted. Furthermore the ground training is not applicable to any of the practical training or ground school classes that cover other materials such as the ROC-A, Operations Manager courses, SFOC application training. In the future Transport Canada will set minimum course times for drone training. It has been discussed that drone courses will be minimum of 20 hours with suggestions for these hours to be closer to 40.
Under the current SFOC standards drones Pilots will have to demonstrate they are medically fit. This can be done by visiting a certified aviation medical examiner or general practitioner. A medical declaration shall be filled out in order to meet standards http://sugudrones.com/category-4-medical-form/.
Purchase a UAV
Once you have completed ground training a UAV can be purchased. It is proposed that pilots operating in urban environments obtain a compliant UAV. This list can be found here: http://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/drone-safety/getting-permission-fly-drone/applying-special-flight-operations-certificate/list-compliant-drones.html . For pilots operating outside these zones, a non-compliant drone can be utilised in rural areas.
Obtain UAV Insurance
The minimum drone insurance coverage, as mandated by Transport Canada is $100000. However it is recognised industry wide, that $100000 is not enough. We recommend pilots to obtain a minimum of 7.5 million policy when operating in Urban environment. Additional liability insurance provides better peace of mind to operator flying within built up area.
Apply for an SFOC
Assuming you have completed the above steps, you are now ready to start flying. Under the proposed rules drone pilots will not require an SFOC in rural areas, but will be required to become licensed. Furthermore, if you are a drone operator looking to operate in a complex urban environment, there will be the required Small UAV operators test, and a required practical test.
DRONE & UAV TRAINING (SFOC)
Sugu’s drone & UAV training is perfect for students who want to obtain an SFOC, and learn how to operate there drone. Sugu’s pilot ground school provides the knowledge you need to begin flying in the unmanned aviation industry. Our training abides’s by Transport Canada’s Pilot Knowledge requirements and equips you with the tools you need for safe operation in Canadian airspace. Our course includes several certification standards which include obtaining an Industry Canada Restricted Radio Operators (ROC-A), and both a simulation based and practical flying standards test.
TRAINING REQUIRED TO FLY A DRONE UNDER THE EXEMPTIONS
Drone & UAV Training Each exemption has specific training requirements. For example, to fly a drone that weighs above 1 kg, up to and including 25 kg, you must be trained to understand:
For more information, read the knowledge requirements for UAV (drone) pilots.
ABOUT THE SPECIAL FLIGHT OPERATIONS CERTIFICATE
To use a drone of any size for work or research, you must (current rules):
You also need a Special Flight Operations Certificate if your drone weighs over 35 kg, even if it is used recreationally. Transport Canada’s infographic will hel you understand the exemption process: Do I need permission to fly my drone? . Each Special Flight Operations Certificate contains conditions for where and how to fly, such as:
Getting Started at Sugu Drone Training in Three Steps
Located off highway 404 and 16th avenue, Sugu is Canada’s largest Drone Training organisation. With around the clock availability you can sign up to our monthly courses or book a private lesson. Partnered with Canadian Flyers International we offer world class drone training services to professionals and students. We aime to improve drone training standards in the Canadian Aerospace sector, offering the best instructors and training environment. We are the only centrally located UAV Ground School located centrally at Buttonville Airport. UAV training is requirement for Transport Canada Special Flight Operation Certificate (SFOC) and Pilot Permits. Our instructors hold a commercial pilots license, a flight instructor rating, and a master’s in aerospace which will ensure your training and certificate will be recognized.
Step 1 : Application
Sign up online, you may need to present specific a personal profile or statement of interest. Application deadlines vary by program area
Step 2 : Money For Course
Upon sign up, payment is due immediately if registering for an upcoming course.
Step 3 : Course Materials
Prior the start of our course materials will be distributed. These materials include required study items, recommended software, and ground school slides.
Step 4: Student Advising
Prior the start of course students are given a one on one online session with professors to understand there specific requirements.
Do you have more questions regarding our application process? Call or email us today at 1-888-FLY-SUGU
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