UAV Drone Course Set to Fly at NAV CENTRE

May 12, 2016
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – NAV CANADA and Carleton University are teaming up to offer a Professional Short Course in the operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), often referred to as drones.

The course will take place over 5 days at the NAV CENTRE from June 20-24, 2016.

A broad assortment of topics pertaining to both fixed wing and rotary UAVs / Drones will be covered, including in-depth analysis on flight principles, functionality, application, detection, tracking and more. Potential opportunities and risks related to UAV / Drone use will also be discussed, along with current and pending policy and regulations.

“The use of UAVs is increasing exponentially world wide as people explore opportunities in a variety of different fields,” says Garry Brown, Director of International Training Programs and Delivery for NAV CANADA. “The technology allows for innovative approaches to gathering images and information.”

Carleton University’s Faculty of Engineering and Design will be providing the course instructors, with additional expertise provided by NAV CANADA. Course participants will be presented with a Carleton University and NAV CANADA joint attendance certificate upon completion.

“As much as the new technology offers new opportunities, it also presents some unique challenges from an operational, legislative and technological point of view,” notes Mr. Brown. “The course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of issues from flight principles and propulsion systems to safety and government regulation concerns.”

The enrolment fee is $2,000 per participant which will cover the academic and ancillary costs of the course including instructors, accommodation and meals, classroom space and use of simulators, simulator support resources and supplies.  People looking to register are invited to contact Katherine MacLean at 613-936-5006 or

This course is another example of the growing partnership between Carleton University and NAV CANADA. In late 2015 the two organizations signed an agreement to work toward establishing an Aerospace Centre of Excellence in Cornwall that would integrate the expertise of NAV CANADA, the country’s Air Navigation Services Provider, and Carleton, home of Canada’s first Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering program.

About UAVs

UAV is an acronym for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, which is an aircraft with no pilot on board. UAVs can be remote controlled aircraft (e.g. flown by a pilot at a ground control station) or can fly autonomously based on pre-programmed flight plans or more complex dynamic automation systems.


The NAV CENTRE is training and conference venue owned and operated by NAV CANADA. It offers access to 550 guest rooms, 70 state-of-the-art classrooms and meeting rooms, as well as an auditorium. Other amenities include a gymnasium and fitness facilities as well as multiple dining options. The NAV CENTRE is also an accredited member of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC), provided for adhering to globally-recognized standards in hospitality service.

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