Complete a flight review for drones

A flight review is the one of two knowledge requirements for conducting advanced operations with your drone or “Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)”.

Flight reviewers are Transport Canada-approved drone pilots who can administer a flight review.

What you need to know before you start

Before you conduct your flight review, you must pass the Small Advanced Exam.

We recommend reading Appendix A: Flight Reviewer's Guide - sRPAS Exercises in the Knowledge Requirements for Pilots of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems 250 g up to and including 25 kg, Operating within Visual Line-of-Sight (VLOS). Appendix A lists the skills that your flight reviewer will ask you to demonstrate during your flight review.

Note: Foreign pilots need to apply for their SFOC-RPAS before their flight review (this may take up to 30 working days).

Scheduling a flight review

Every flight reviewer is associated with a self-declared drone flight school.

Contact the drone flight school directly to schedule a flight review. You must provide the school with:

  • a digital or physical copy of the results page of your successfully completed small advanced exam
  • a valid (not expired) piece of government-issued (federal/provincial/territorial/state government authority or the equivalent body abroad) identification that provides their name and date of birth
  • the Certificate of Registration for the drone used for the flight review

About the flight review

The flight reviewer will assess your ability to operate your drone safely.

You may be charged a fee by the flight reviewer for your flight review. Prices are set by the reviewer.

After you complete the flight review

Within 24 hours of your flight review, the flight reviewer will submit your results online and you will receive an email confirmation with a link to view your results. You will need to keep your knowledge up to date. If you let your knowledge level lapse for more than 2 years, we may invalidate your results.

If you pass the flight review, you can apply for a Pilot Certificate – Advanced Operations.

If you fail the flight review, you may schedule another review the next day. There is no limit to the number of times you can retake a flight review, but you may need to pay a fee each time.