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AUAS 1100 - Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

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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.



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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


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