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TRAINING: Learn the skills, comply with federal drone regulations

The M3 Aerial team.

WINNIPEG – Transport Canada regulations released in December 2016, require proper training and education for those who wish to use drones for commercial purposes. Regulations require that anyone using a drone for any purpose besides the recreational enjoyment of flying must complete a registered unmanned air vehicle (UAV) ground school course.

On April 27-28, 2018 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, M3Aerial Productions will be hosting UAV ground school course in Thunder Bay at the Lakehead University campus.

“The people that are coming through our training program are getting a head start in the industry,” says Matthew Johnson, president of M3 Aerial Productions Inc.  “We are teaching them about the pitfalls and headaches, as well as the proven successes and workflows to become a well-rounded pilot.”

Opportunities are overflowing in the UAV industry, new and amazing ways of using this innovative technology are discovered almost every day.  UAV technology is currently being used in agriculture, construction, surveying, infrastructure inspections, mining, photography, cinematography, conservation, law enforcement, search and rescue, academic research and military application.

Johnson strongly encourages anybody looking at buying a drone for the first time to educate themselves.  “You have to know the risks before you can take steps to mitigate them.”

Those interested in learning more about UAVs and how to safely fly them are encouraged to attend M3Aerial’s UAV Ground School in Thunder Bay on April 27-28 or one of the upcoming courses in Yellowknife, NT, or Winnipeg in May or in Thompson, Man., in June.

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