october, 2021

26oct(oct 26)8:00 am28(oct 28)12:00 pmRemotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS aka Drones) Ground School - October 26th to 28th, 2021 - 22 spots remaining

Event Details

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems – 22 of 22 seats remaining 


The Maritime College of Forest Technology’s Department of Continuing Education, in partnership with Canadian Unmanned Incorporated (CUI), is pleased to offer Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) Training Ground School, with Sterling Cripps as your facilitator.

With over 3000 students trained, this course is recognized as Canada’s “First Choice” in small drone ground school training and is Transport Canada Compliant for civil and commercial RPAS operators.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have a better understanding of RPAS operation with respect to current rules and regulations. Also, you will be able to obtain an Industry Canada Restricted Operator Air Radio License (ROC-A).

CUI is committed to working with Transport Canada and NAV CANADA to ensure all commercial RPAS operators are properly trained, and fully informed of their responsibilities as legitimate airspace users


Maritime College of Forest Technology
1350 Regent St
Fredericton, NB E3C 2G6
Blenis Hall
Room 230


  • Basic RPAS “101”
  • Canadian Air Law and Regulations (CARs)
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aviation charts and Canada flight supplement
  • Aviation weather
  • Meteorology
  • Air navigation
  • Human factors
  • Special Flight Operating Certificates (SFOC)
  • Current rules and regulations pertaining to drone flights in Canada
  • Communications
  • Knowledge and application process
  • Industry Canada Restricted Operator Air Radio License (ROC-A)
  • Preparation to write the new online Certification Exams to obtain your RPAS pilot’s license.


Sterling Cripps, Founder and President of Canadian Unmanned Incorporated (CUI), and founding member of the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (CCUVS) in 2007.

From 2007 to 2015, Sterling served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Instructor for the CCUVS RPAS / Drone ground school which he created in 2008.

Sterling was responsible for the creation of over 700 nautical miles of Class F Restricted Airspace at Foremost, Alberta which has been designated exclusively with ‘Beyond Line of Sight’ RPAS / Drone operations. The six-and-a-half-year project was done in concert and cooperation from NAV CANADA and Transport Canada. In November 2014, it became published on Canadian air navigation charts.

Sterling has been involved with many aspects of the unmanned regulatory process and some of his accreditations are as follows:

  • Maintains a Commercial Group One Pilot License.
  • 20 years of military service as a Naval Clearance Diving Officer.
  • Participated in several Transport Canada working groups and committees to develop the current state of RPAS regulations in Canada 2008 – 2014.
  • Board Member of Unmanned Systems Canada 2014.
  • Developed Canada’s first commercial UAS training manual with aviation publishers out of Ottawa, Ontario 2009.
  • Started Canada’s first open commercial and civil unmanned ground school training course 2009.
  • Has successfully trained over 2500 students in RPAS ground school.
  • Accredited Industry Canada radio operator license examiner.


Enrolment will be limited to twenty-two (22) candidates on a first come-first served basis.  If the proposed course date is full, or there is insufficient enrolment to hold the session, you will be notified as to alternate dates.


Tuition for the program including supplies is $745 + 15% HST.


For those requiring accommodations, we have a room rental agreement with the Fredericton Inn. Please dial 1-800-561-8777 and use discount code ‘MCFT’. Costs for standard rooms are:

    • $109 per night single occupancy
    • $129 per night double occupancy


REMOTELY PILOTED AIR SYSTEMS TRAINING GROUND SCHOOL is equivalent to 16 Continuing Forestry Education Credits.

Click here to download the course information sheet and registration form…

Updated June 23rd, 2021


26 (Tuesday) 8:00 am - 28 (Thursday) 12:00 pm AST


Maritime College of Forest Technology

1350 Regent St