When Moment Factory and AMPme organized the light show on the Jacques Cartier bridge for Montreal’s 375th anniversary, commercial drone pilot Antoine Léger was allowed to film it all. “I felt very privileged to be part of the team by filming and lending out very beautiful images,” says Léger, who was involved from the very beginning. This once in a lifetime opportunity came as a result of his standing specialized flight operations certification. Ledger was able to practice and perfect his flight plans for the big day without a need to apply for a lengthy flight approval each time. There are many misconceptions about what a standing specialized flight operations certification is and who qualifies for it. The confusion is understandable, as recreational SFOCs were implemented only a couple of months ago. As a result, both old and new drone pilots unknowingly limit themselves.

 

 

The Canadian Drone Academy will attend the 2017 Michelin Challenge Bibendum Movin’ On in Montreal. Organized by C2, Movin' On is a global summit for sustainable mobility that will be held at  Arsenal Art Contemporaine June 13-15. Movin’ On invites scientists, creatives, engineers and people from all walks of life to come together and shape the future of clean mobility and the environment. The opportunities for Drones in the areas of renewable energy and resource management are limitless. The Canadian Drone Academy’s booth will host flight workshops and carry out drone races with their expert pilots leading the fun. Hope to see you there!

They're at it again! A day after The Priory School's science week, where the Canadian Drone Academy taught grades 5 and 6 the basics of Drone flight.The Priory school invited us again to their first ever Maker’s Faire. Similar to science week, the Canadian Drone Academy alongside other key guests were invited to host table booths showcasing their particular STEM specialities. The students weren’t the only ones thrilled to participate! Priory staff, parents and guests were eager to play with drones! Students of all ages under our wing learned drone safety and Canadian flight regulations. Once ready, students picked up micro-drone remotes and FPV goggles. Students were excited to stay afloat and perform flight maneuvers, ultimately hoping to challenge the deathly hoola hoop obstacle course in the gymnasium.  "It was great to see the look on all the kids faces," says Nick Iversen, Canadian Drone Academy founder, "it's always a pleasure to work with the Priory School." The event aimed to introduce technology to the everyday curriculum, and most importantly teaching students that they too can be makers n’ movers in whatever they choose to do.

 

 

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Helios Makerspace and the Canadian Drone Academy announced their partnership with a Spring 2017 open house. Guests of all ages were introduced to the new e-learning feature on the Canadian Drone Academy website and learned of the future drone courses that will taught at Helios Makerspace. Guest questions were answered, drones flew and Canadian Academy swag was handed out. One lucky winner received a free flying drones 101 course! The response from everyone was amazing and we had a many people sign up for our building drones 101 courses.  

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We have bought a fleet of Tiny FPV Drones and they are very easy and fun to fly. They are inexpensive and can take a good beating, they can be flown indoors and anyone from the ages of 10 and up can easily learn to fly this in a few hours.
The Canadian Drone Academy opens is doors for its first semester in march 2016 to 20 students at the Concordia makers space district 3. We are very excited to show 20 people how to build and fly a drone from scratch and then have them race at the Montreal Drone Expo.