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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.





Winter 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2020 term.

CRN 84471

Sat Jan 18 - Sat Mar 21 10 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 18 - Mar 21 Online



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. THIS IS AN ON LINE COURSE ONLY. To access the course on the first day you must enter the on line learning management system (D2L). In your browser or search engine type: Once in the system enter your BCIT student number. 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 are in D2L then search for the following course number AUAS 1100 : Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The textbook for the course is called "Unmanned" and it can be ordered through the BCIT bookstore. The on line course instructors are Tim Horsfall and Chris Cambon, both experienced operators of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Enjoy your introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones).

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.

Winter 2020

Books for Winter 2020 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.

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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