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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a drone pilot license?

  • Is my drone over 250 grams?

  • How to get your drone pilot license?

  • How to pass the drone exam?

  • Learn the drone exam questions and answers. Pass the drone exam with drone exam prep.  

What is a Drone Pilot's License? Do I need one?

You may or may not require a license to fly a drone. It's based on whether your drone is heavier than 250 grams. All drones weighing over 250 grams require a Drone Pilot Certificate issued by the government.

The Drone Pilot Certificate was developed to ensure those using heavier drones have a base level of knowledge on the various safety aspects associated with operating drones. Taking the time to learn the basics prior to flying, can help drone pilots avoid unnecessary crashes, risk or injury and collision with aircraft.

Small toy drones weighing less than 250 grams don't require a license to fly, yet the government still has a few rules for operating these smaller drones. The main rule is that the pilot not be negligent. Examples of negligent flying would be operating close to an airport, flying in the path of aircraft, racing through a crowd of people, or doing something which could cause a risk of hurting another person.

Even for small drones, it doesn’t hurt to spend some time learning about how to fly safely.

The general rule is to not fly in a way that would make any risk to hitting people or aircraft, regardless of the drone weight. Always be safe and know the risks to yourself and those
around you.

Is my drone over 250 grams?

The best place to check the weight of your drone is the Manufacturer’s Handbook or User Manual. These are typically packed with your drone or can be found on their company websites. Some drones even list their weights on the box.

Drones that are above 250 grams include most of the DJI products such as the Mavic and Phantom models. The Mavic mini is marketed as below 250 grams and not requiring a license - but, it actually is often weighing above 250 grams depending on how it’s configured.

There are many other fun and widely used drone brands which weigh below 250 grams that do not require a license to operate. It’s important to determine the weight of the drone to understand whether or not the drone operator will require a government license
to fly.

Drones priced over $400 will typically exceed the 250 gram limit, and require the operator to be licensed.

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How to get your drone pilot license?

The Federal Aviation Administration and Transport Canada are the government organizations responsible for issuing pilot certificates and registering the ownership of drones.

To obtain the license, the drone user must complete an exam which is typically taken online from your own computer or in person at a regional exam center. In order to pass the exam you require some basic knowledge on topics such as Air Law, Drone Systems, Meteorology, Navigation, Human Factors and Flight Operations.

It’s a small bit of education to help keep drones from hitting aircraft or crashing into people and well worth it to take some time to learn.

The Drone License Study Guide is a recommended text for exam preparation, allowing for guided self study of the knowledge areas covered in the drone exam through an interactive eLearning system.

The Study Guide has also been developed as an easy reference for the Transport Canada drone exam, which is open book and allows external reference sources.

Writing the Drone Exam

To write the exam, you must be at least 14 years old as set by government age restrictions. The exam consists of multiple choice questions.

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 Knowledge test topic areas include:

  • Applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation
  • Airspace classification and operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation
  • Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance
  • Small unmanned aircraft loading and performance
  • Emergency procedures
  • Crew resource management
  • Radio communication procedures
  • Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft
  • Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol
  • Aeronautical decision-making and judgment
  • Airport operations
  • Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures
  • Operation at night


What is RotorBrains™ eLearning Software?

The RotorBrains™ Interactive eLearning platform consists of structured learning materials to support those discovering or expanding their knowledge of drone operations.

The platform uses interactive software including questions (with answers), reference materials, videos, and activities to promote learning focused on professional and safe drone operations.

Subject matter taught includes government drone regulations, drone systems knowledge, meteorology, navigation, flight operations, human factors, and more!  All this knowledge is required to pass the drone pilot certification exam for flight in Canada or the U.S.

The RotorBrains™ software is study at your own pace, and to your own desired depth. For those looking for in-depth knowledge required for professional operations there is a considerable volume of material and over 500 questions available, of significant value to those who have a goal of building towards more advanced and complicated missions.

The goal of the RotorBrains™ platform is to assist learners in developing the knowledge for passing the exam, and also develop a broader understanding of subjects for those who are interested in advancing to more complicated and futuristic operations.

About the Study Guide Software User License

Previous experience with drones and current ownership of a drone is not required to enrol in this eLearning.

After purchase, you will be automatically enrolled and emailed instructions on accessing the RotorBrains™ eLearning platform.

The guides are study at your own pace with approximately 30 hours of content to complete.

Each RotorBrains™ eLearning license is limited to use by a single individual on two devices (such as a work computer and a home computer) for a fixed time period period. This is to prevent multiple users from swapping the same license. Should multiple users like to purchase the product please contact the Sales team via the contact form at the bottom of this webpage. Trial licenses are available for a 3 day period.

This eLearning program is hosted online and requires a high speed internet connection to access.