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Proposed Canadian UAV Regs Review – UAV Categories

flitelab.com - 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

flitelab.com - 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

flitelab.com - 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

flitelab.com - 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

flitelab.com - 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???

flitelab.com - 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…

flitelab.com - 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

flitelab.com - 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

flitelab.com - 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

flitelab.com - 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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Some Changes – Interim Order No. 7 Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft

flitelab.com - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:58
In the most recently published Interim Order for recreational model use there have been some interesting changes. Interim Order No. 7 Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft The distances to aerodromes that had been 9km are now reduced: (5) No person shall operate a model aircraft (a) within 3 nautical miles (5.5 km) of the […]
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New Canadian Drone Rules – Recreational vs Commercial Confusion

flitelab.com - 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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Ontario Region – GUIDANCE ON NAVCANADA EXPECTATIONS AND ROLES IN COORDINATION OF AIRSPACE

flitelab.com - 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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TRANSPORTATION OF DANGEROUS GOODS – SPECIFICALLY LITHIUM BATTERIES

flitelab.com - 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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PNR – GUIDANCE ON NAVCANADA EXPECTATIONS AND ROLES IN COORDINATION OF AIRSPACE

flitelab.com - 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

flitelab.com - 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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Draft National UAV SFOC Form

flitelab.com - Sun, 04/09/2017 - 08:12
The following is a draft version of the newly announced SFOC form that will be used across all regions “soon”. We are posting it here for reference only and it should not be used without direct indication from Transport Canada. Transport Canada is in the process of finalizing the form and will be posting it […]
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