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AUAS 1100 - Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

Course Details

This introductory course will focus on the operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAV/UAS) in Canada. The topics include types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARS) related to UAV/UAS operations and associated safety measures, hazard risk assessment, roles and responsibilities, mission and/or operational planning, and a basic understanding of UAV systems, flight controls and components.





Fall 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2018 term.

CRN 43479

Sat Sep 15 - Sat Nov 17 10 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 15 - Nov 17 Online



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. This course is a web-based course and will run for 10 weeks. The instructors are Tim Horsfall and Chris Cambon. To access the course on the first day, please go to the You will enter your student number which starts with A00 then six digits assigned by BCIT. You will need to enter a password which is typically your birthdate, month and year then you will be prompted to change your password . Once you get into the on line learning system (D2L), look for the following course number AUAS 1100 on your home page. The textbook for the course is called "Unmanned" and it can be ordered through the BCIT bookstore. To run the course, 8 students are required to register. If there are not enough individuals registered, the course will be canceled one week prior to start date. Please contact Tina Johal, Program Assistant for Aviation Operations should you have any questions/concerns. Tina can be reached at 604.419.3753 or via email at

This course offering has been cancelled. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the history of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) operations.
  • Identify parts and systems of UAVs and how they interact or interface.
  • Describe types of UAV flight operations and controls including manual, auto and autonomous flights.
  • Explain basic principles of flight including but not limited to air speed, pitch, yaw, theory of flight.
  • Describe factors impacting UAV flight such as environment, weather, geographics and population.
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of the of UAV/UAS operations team.
  • Describe the types (fixed, rotary and multi-rotor wing) and their commercial applications.
  • Describe the future of UAV technology and innovation.
  • Describe CARS regulations as they pertain to UAVs including but not limited to airspace, critical space, low altitude and population centers.
  • Write a hazard risk assessment for a UAV mission.
  • Describe the purpose of Special Flight Operating Certificate and liability concerns.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2016

Books & Supplies

The BCIT bookstore carries textbooks, general reference books, software, and stationery. Please visit for more information.

Fall 2018

Books for Fall 2018 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

BCIT Distance & Online Learning Bookstore

If you are taking this course through either Distance Education or Online Learning, please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Distance & Online Learning Bookstore.

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Unmanned : Textbook For Uas Studies
Author Aviation Pub.
Copyright 2011
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-0-97300-366-6
Price $79.95


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