Commercial Drone Photography& Videography Training

Flight Operations

Flight Operations Instruction Areas

  • Hazards that can occur in different geographic or topographical areas.
  • Normal flow of manned aircraft traffic at an aerodrome (circuit, taxiing, etc.).
  • Local and portable devices might be controlled to reduce interference.
  • Effect of density altitude on launch and climb performance.
  • Effect of airspeed on radius of turn.
  • Operating limitations from the aircraft flight manual.
  • Effect of temperature on elasticized cord launchers, pneumatic launchers or hydraulic launchers.
  • Identify cross-wind limits.
  • Aircraft performance data, determine the maximum altitude at which the rotorcraft can hover.
  • Methods of determining C of G.
  • How to return a C of G to within limits.
  • Effects of surface contamination on airfoils.
  • Typical functional areas in a VLOS site (e.g. launch, observer).
  • Desirable characteristics of alternate recovery areas.
  • Requirements of visual observer locations.
  • Access routes for both normal and emergency operations.
  • Public access and determine crowd control requirements.
  • Typical emergency contacts appropriate to flying site (flyaways, EMS etc.).
  • Safety equipment necessary for the operation (fire extinguisher, first aid, etc.).
  • Typical items in a crew briefing.
  • Emergency procedures (e.g. airspace conflicts, system faults, lost link, public interference).
  • Typical items in a crew briefing. (roles, objective & plan, timeline, performance limitations, emergency procedures, airspace conflicts and escape manoeuvres, flyaways, public interference, recovery area, interface with the client and public, site manager, safe areas, expectations of what they will observe, electro-magnetic interference, “clean cockpit” (no interference of distractions)).
  • Vital actions (countdown and launch command, emergency abort, transfer of control, air traffic contacts, progress and expected manoeuvres).
  • Recommended post-flight actions (download data, check for damage, clean and dry as needed, remove batteries, record information into logs, disassemble and pack per system manual, etc.).
  • Safety equipment necessary for the operation (fire extinguishers, first aid kit, etc.).
  • Weather threats vs ground station operations.
  • Evaluate access routes.
  • Public access and determine crowd control requirements.
  • Typical emergency contacts appropriate to flying site (flyaways, EMS etc.)
  • legal site access issues (trespass, insurance, permissions, safety training).List typical personal safety equipment.
  • Hazards of launchers and recovery systems.


  • Rene Beland
    Posted May 22, 2019 9:20 pm 0Likes

    Hello, I current have a standing SFOC to fly commercially until Oct1. Do you know if that will still stand until Oct 1 or do I need to move to the advanced license. If so, when is your next course and how much is the cost. Cheers, Rene – 604 644-3359

    • frosted
      Posted May 28, 2019 7:17 pm 0Likes

      Hi Renee,

      We’ve been advised by Transport Canada that all SFOC’s will expire May 31st at midnight when Part IX comes into force.

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