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Lies, damned lies, and drone statistics

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 05:11
As Mark Twain once said: There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. With recent comments from the Minister of Transport in Canada regarding the number of drone incidents this seems all too true.  In the Minister’s recent statement on the Quebec City drone incident it was stated: For 2017, to date […]
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The Minister Who Cried Drone…

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 14:45
The events of Oct 12th over Quebec City where the reports of a drone collision with a manned aircraft are now worldwide news.  As we wrote on a few days ago there are many items that need to be questioned and considered at this stage given the few details we know. As of today the […]
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Reported Canadian Drone Aircraft Collision – Things to Consider

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:06
The past few days the media has been filled with stories of the Oct 12th reported collision between a drone and a passenger aircraft, as outlined in this CBC story, one of many now being published world wide. As Per the CADORS report: A Beech A100 operated by Sky Jet (C-GJBV / SJ512), flying from […]
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Proposed Canadian UAV Regs Review – Still No LiDAR Allowance

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:37
Under existing regulations the use of laser payloads, such as LiDAR requires a special approval from Health Canada as well as a “special” SFOC for such use. This will not change in the proposed new regulations, laser devices such as LiDAR will still require an SFOC, and are excluded under the new regulation primary allowances. […]
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Transport Canada UAS Task Force

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 03:31
As part of the recent Transport Canada regulatory engagement sessions on the proposed new UAV regulations was also the introduction of the newly created UAS Task Force.  It was noted during the session that this new group was formed as a result of new budget in 2017. As per the presentation the Task Force is […]
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Transport Canada UAS Session Presentation Slides

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 03:14
The following is a PDF copy of the Transport Canada UAS Regulatory Engagement Session slides that are being presented in the ongoing cross country meetings discussing the upcoming proposed UAV regulations: UAS Session Presentation Slides PDF
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London FIC NOTAM Info

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 03:07
We received the following from a reader in Ontario that was asked to share some info they received from Nav Canada London FIC in regards to NOTAMs, as outlined below: All drone operators who file NOTAMs (Notice to Airmen) with the London FIC are requested to file these NOTAMs in the afternoon or evening (as […]
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Proposed Canadian UAV Regs Review – Give Your Feedback

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 03:28
As part of the new proposed Canadian UAV regulations is a comment period for public to make their voice heard on issues, thoughts and concerns with the coming changes. There are only 90 days to let Transport Canada know what you think.  Send your feedback by October 13th to: Chief, Regulatory Affairs, Civil Aviation, Safety […]
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Transport Canada Stakeholder Engagement Sessions

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 15:46
In support of the new regulatory framework for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) published in Canada Gazette, Part I on July 14, 2017, Transport Canada (TC) is hosting a series of stakeholder engagement sessions in select cities across the country from August 1– October 3rd, 2017 These sessions will focus on TC’s risk-based approach to regulating […]
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Halifax/HRM No Drone Policy

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 16:21
We recently were passed along information from a client that was denied access to HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality – Nova Scotia) property for UAV use.  We had heard conflicting reports from other operators stating that this was not the case.  For clarity we reached out to HRM for an official statement on this.  The following […]
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Proposed Canadian UAV Regs Review – UAV Categories

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 09:00
Under the upcoming Canadian UAV regulations multiple operating categories are proposed to mitigate the risks by requiring increasingly more stringent requirements as the weight of the UAV increases, as well as the areas of operation. 250 g or less – unregulated (micro) more than 250 g but not more than 1 kg (very small) more than 1 […]
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Proposed Canadian UAV Regs Review Index

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 04:44
With the release of the new proposed UAV regulations for Canada we have been doing a number of articles reviewing the details within.  We will be adding to this in the coming days and weeks as our review and analysis continues and new information comes to light. This post will contain an updated index to […]
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Proposed Canadian UAV Regs Review – Grandfathered Compliance

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 02:49
Since the announcement of the NPA the recently released proposed UAV regulations one of the major concerns of many existing operators was the requirement for Compliant UAV systems for Complex Operations.  For many businesses this makes up a large portion of their work, and potentially a large added cost not easily absorbed with the current […]
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Proposed Canadian UAV Regs Review – Enforcement

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 07:47
One of the biggest gotchas with the existing regulations for both recreational & commercial drone use in Canada is enforcement, or better said lack there of. Transport Canada staff are already stretched thin and it really has become a case of going after offenders after the fact when an incident happens.  As such many have […]
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Proposed Canadian UAV Regs Review – Flying Near/Over People

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 07:27
One the biggest restrictions under current UAV SFOC conditions is the requirement to maintain 100′ lateral distance from people and no overflights of crowds. Under the proposed new regulations things have opened up a bit, within specific speed and altitude parameters, when operating under the small complex operations class: As per: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2017/2017-07-15/html/reg2-eng.php Operate at least 100 feet […]
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Proposed Canadian UAV Regs Review – 7 Days for Controlled Airspace???

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 07:16
Coordinating with Nav Canada & ATC for UAV flights in controlled airspace has always been part of UAV operational procedures.  Typically it requires 24-48 hours notice, which for the most part works well enough, although it can lead to issues around weekends and holidays when last minute jobs come up. However under the new proposed […]
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Proposed Canadian UAV Regs Review – When SFOCs are still required…

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 07:02
While the proposed new regulations will remove the need for SFOCs for most commercial applications of UAVs, there are still a number of times that a separate SFOC will be required. As per http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2017/2017-07-15/html/reg2-eng.php 904.01 No person shall conduct any of the following operations except in accordance with a special flight operations certificate — UAS issued under […]
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New Transport Canada Proposed UAV Regulations Announced

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 03:13
On July 14 2017 the long awaited draft release of the new proposed UAV regulations for Canada were published by Transport Canada. Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Website: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2017/2017-07-15/html/reg2-eng.php  The Regulations Amending the Canadian Aviation Regulations (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) [the proposed Regulations] would apply primarily to UAS that include unmanned aircraft (UA) weighing more […]
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Transport Canada Updated UAV SFOC Application Form

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 16:33
A new version of the National UAV SFOC application form now appears to be available directly from the Transport Canada website, to date it had not be listed officially. The format appears to have changed slightly from the previous versions available from the regional offices. The PDF can be found here: http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/wwwdocs/Forms/26-0835_1706-01_E.pdf The details of the […]
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Transport Canada Compliant UAV Official List

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 16:22
Transport Canada has finally published an “official” list of Compliant UAVs on their website.  This has been a long time coming and will hopefully clarify what is approved and be kept current goign forward. The list can be found at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/opssvs/listing-compliant-unmanned-air-vehicles.html
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