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New Canadian Drone Rules – Recreational vs Commercial Confusion

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 04:43
Since the changes to the recreational drone regulations in Canada back in mid March there has been a lot of push back from users upset with the restrictions limiting where they can now fly.  As we wrote about previously, most urban areas are now almost completely off limits to recreational drone use with the new […]
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Wed, 04/12/2017 - 03:55
As part of the updated National SFOC form and document package, the following GUIDANCE ON NAVCANADA EXPECTATIONS AND ROLES IN COORDINATION OF AIRSPACE was provided from Ontario Region. NavCanada coordination
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Tue, 04/11/2017 - 10:41
The following was received from Transport Canada PNR as a resource for UAV operators regarding Lithium batteries BACKGROUND Many UAV operators utilize equipment which uses Lithium batteries as a power source for the UAV, Control Station and other ancillary equipment required for operations.  There have been several recent incidents of Lithium Batteries catching fire, overheating, exploding […]
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Tue, 04/11/2017 - 10:34
As part of the updated National SFOC form and document package, the following GUIDANCE ON NAVCANADA EXPECTATIONS AND ROLES IN COORDINATION OF AIRSPACE was also provided from PNR. It outlines areas of concern, procedures, and expectations for UAV operations within the Edmonton and Winnipeg FIR. RDIMS-#12853157-v1-APPENDIX_A_-_GUIDANCE_ON_NAVCANADA_EXPETATIONS_AND_ROLES_IN_COORDINATION_OF_AIRSPACE
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Overview of National UAV SFOC Application Form

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 03:23
The new National UAV SFOC application form is now slowly starting to roll out from various Transport Canada regional offices.  This will be the form used going forward for submitting SFOCs across the country, bringing consistency finally to the process. Application for a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) for the Operation of an Unmanned Air Vehicle […]
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Rethinking Canadian “Drone” Laws

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 04:17
Since the announcement of much tougher recreational drone/model aircraft regulations by the Minister of Transport in mid March, there have been numerous debates on the direction and impact of the new laws.  Canadian regulations basically went from a free for all to basic ban overnight.  Somewhere in the middle of the extremes is a balance. […]
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Canadian Drone Rules – One Extreme to Another

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 04:54
With the recent new recreational regulations announced on March 16 by the Minister of Transport there has under gone a major change from basically a free for all on recreational use to almost a complete ban in many areas. New regulations to control recreational drone use were definitely needed, and something commercial UAV operators have […]
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Where can I fly my drone??

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 07:44
With tight restrictions on where recreational drones/models can now be used in Canada many owners are wondering where they can legally fly. The main issue involved: 9 km of any airport/aerodrome/helipad. 250 feet (75m) from buildings, vehicles, people. Even in more rural/suburban areas, getting 250′ feet from neighbors and roads can be a challenge.  The local soccer/ball […]
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SFOCs – Not a Drone Get Out of Jail Free Card

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 06:37
With the new restrictions on recreational drone/model use in Canada, many are looking to SFOCs (Special Flight Operations Certificate) commonly used by commercial UAV operators as a means to open things back up. While SFOCs do allow for access to areas now closed to recreational use, they are far from the free for all that […]
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Drone vs UAV vs Model Aircraft – What are they??

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 05:06
With the new Canadian “drone” recreational regulations there is a lot of confusion around what they apply to and what a model is vs a UAV vs a drone.  When it comes to Transport Canada regulations the name and wording is important. First off the term “drone” is not an official name used in the […]
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New Canadian Recreational Drone Rules

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 05:26
Later this morning  it is expected that Transport Minister Marc Garneau will be announcing new recreational drone regulations that will basically turn the previous #nodronezone guidelines into actual enforceable laws. The new rules will basically limit access to controlled and restricted airspace and cannot fly higher than 90 metres; fly within 75 metres of buildings, […]
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Possible New National UAV SFOC Form

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 08:12
The following formed was provided to us from another applicant recently applying for a new SFOC in Pacific Region. This document appears to be a new national application form, however if this is now “official” or not has not yet been determined. We are posting it here for reference only and it should not be […]
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