(Toronto, ON) March 20, 2017 – It’s the career your guidance counsellor never told you about: piloting Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones.
A growing number of Canadian businesses are using UAVs to collect critical eye-in-the-sky data that helps them enhance productivity and cut costs – but they need licensed pilots who can fly the drones.
New Transport Canada regulations that took effect in December 2016 require formal training and certification for all commercial UAV pilots. Transport Canada issued additional regulations last week aimed at recreational drone users, prohibiting them from flying at night, within close proximity of airports or within 75 metres of buildings, vehicles and people.
M3 Aerial Productions, a leading UAV service provider, is one of only a handful of national companies offering cross-country training programs for commercial pilots. The Winnipeg-based company is helping pilots obtain their Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), a document issued by Transport Canada that is essentially the drone equivalent of a driver’s license. The company, which has been conducting training sessions in Western Canada, will soon begin offering courses in Southwestern Ontario and Atlantic Canada.
“The people that are coming through our training program are getting a head start in this booming industry,” says Matthew Johnson, owner and CEO of M3 Aerial. “We’re teaching pilots about the pitfalls and headaches, as well as the proven successes and practices needed to become a well-rounded pilot.”
According to Johnson, the growing fleet of drones buzzing over our farms, factories and neighbourhoods are being used for a variety of purposes – everything from mapping soil conditions and mining site elevations to providing aerial building inspections. Says Johnson: “Drones are revolutionizing industry.”
The agriculture industry is one of the primary benefactors of drone technology, adds Johnson. Due to significant breakthroughs over the past few years in battery and sensor technology, drones are now capable of providing farmers with valuable, at-a-glance information about the health of their crops, saving them time and money. Using reflected near-infrared light from plant leaves, drones are able to identify crop areas suffering from water stress, malnutrition, disease and pests. “The drones give farmers actionable data they can use,” says Johnson.
M3 Aerial has been working with the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Agriculture on a potato research project, utilizing UAVs equipped with multispectral sensors to gather vegetation data for analysis.
The company is offering two-day training courses at a cost of $550 per participant in selected cities across Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario over the next three months. For more information on M3 Aerial Productions Pilot Education, please visit: http://www.m3aerial.com/uav-ground-school/.
About M3 Aerial Productions
M3 Aerial Productions is a leading national Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) service provider. The company uses UAVs to provide aerial services to a wide range of industries across Canada, including agriculture, mining, construction and real estate.
M3 Aerial is a member of CARAC (Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council), which helps to assess and recommend potential regulatory changes in conjunction with Transport Canada.
For more information, please contact:
Matthew Johnson, President M3 Aerial Productions Inc. Tel: 204-800-0220
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