Flying a Drone in Alberta

Flying a Drone in Alberta

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Flying a Drone in Alberta

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With new drone regulations in force, there’s one question we get more that any other –

WHERE CAN I FLY MY DRONE?

The good news is that the 2019 Canadian drone laws are actually a lot more permissible than they have been previously! Once you receive either a basic or advanced category certification, drone flying becomes pretty straightforward. And there’s a great tool to help you see where you can fly drones in Canada. While Alberta doesn’t have their own drone or UAV specific laws, there may be additional restrictions in provincial or municipal parks, so be sure to check in on those before you fly. 

The screen shot above is taken from the Drone Site Selection Tool – your new best friend for flying drones. The side menu has lots of additional information and tools you can activate. My favourites are the zoom tool, distance measuring tool and the operational design tools. You can even save your favourites to be the default when you load the page! 

Click around to get information about specific areas and keep checking back for more updates including airspace coordination procedures which are coming soon! If another app is disagreeing with the information you see on the Site Selection Tool, I’d be more likely to trust the SST. It uses official NavCanada data which many app developers don’t pay to have access to. 

Have questions about the SST? Or drone flying regulations in general? Send us a note! [email protected]

Flying a Drone in Northern Canada

Flying a Drone in Northern Canada

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Flying a Drone in Northern Canada

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With new drone regulations in force, there’s one question we get more that any other –

WHERE CAN I FLY MY DRONE?

The good news is that the 2019 Canadian drone laws are actually a lot more permissible than they have been previously! Once you receive either a basic or advanced category certification, drone flying becomes pretty straightforward. And there’s a great tool to help you see where you can fly drones in Canada. While the Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories don’t have their own drone or UAV specific laws, there may be additional restrictions in territorial or municipal parks, so be sure to check in on those before you fly. 

The screen shot above is taken from the Drone Site Selection Tool – your new best friend for flying drones. The side menu has lots of additional information and tools you can activate. My favourites are the zoom tool, distance measuring tool and the operational design tools. You can even save your favourites to be the default when you load the page! 

Click around to get information about specific areas and keep checking back for more updates including airspace coordination procedures which are coming soon! If another app is disagreeing with the information you see on the Site Selection Tool, I’d be more likely to trust the SST. It uses official NavCanada data which many app developers don’t pay to have access to. 

Have questions about the SST? Or drone flying regulations in general? Send us a note! [email protected]

Flying a Drone in BC

Flying a Drone in BC

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Flying a Drone in BC

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With new drone regulations in force, there’s one question we get more that any other –

WHERE CAN I FLY MY DRONE?

The good news is that the 2019 Canadian drone laws are actually a lot more permissible than they have been previously! Once you receive either a basic or advanced category certification, drone flying becomes pretty straightforward. And there’s a great tool to help you see where you can fly drones in Canada. While British Columbia doesn’t have their own drone or UAV specific laws, there may be additional restrictions in provincial or municipal parks, so be sure to check in on those before you fly. 

The screen shot above is taken from the Drone Site Selection Tool – your new best friend for flying drones. The side menu has lots of additional information and tools you can activate. My favourites are the zoom tool, distance measuring tool and the operational design tools. You can even save your favourites to be the default when you load the page! 

Click around to get information about specific areas and keep checking back for more updates including airspace coordination procedures which are coming soon! If another app is disagreeing with the information you see on the Site Selection Tool, I’d be more likely to trust the SST. It uses official NavCanada data which many app developers don’t pay to have access to. 

Have questions about the SST? Or drone flying regulations in general? Send us a note! [email protected]

Flying a Drone in Ontario

Flying a Drone in Ontario

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Flying a Drone in Ontario

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With new drone regulations in force, there’s one question we get more that any other –

WHERE CAN I FLY MY DRONE?

The good news is that the 2019 Canadian drone laws are actually a lot more permissible than they have been previously! Once you receive either a basic or advanced category certification, drone flying becomes pretty straightforward. And there’s a great tool to help you see where you can fly drones in Canada. While Ontario doesn’t have their own drone or UAV specific laws, there may be additional restrictions in provincial or municipal parks, so be sure to check in on those before you fly. 

The screen shot above is taken from the Drone Site Selection Tool – your new best friend for flying drones. The side menu has lots of additional information and tools you can activate. My favourites are the zoom tool, distance measuring tool and the operational design tools. You can even save your favourites to be the default when you load the page! 

Click around to get information about specific areas and keep checking back for more updates including airspace coordination procedures which are coming soon! If another app is disagreeing with the information you see on the Site Selection Tool, I’d be more likely to trust the SST. It uses official NavCanada data which many app developers don’t pay to have access to. 

Have questions about the SST? Or drone flying regulations in general? Send us a note! [email protected]

Standard Operating Procedures: An Overview

Standard Operating Procedures: An Overview

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Did you know?
Standard Operating Procedure requirements are laid out in the Canadian Aviation Regulations for both Basic and Advanced Category pilots.
We’ve summarized the requirements below so you can double check your procedures to ensure they meet the mandated requirements. Remember – Advanced pilots will have their procedures checked during a flight review so make sure you have them all in there! 
For more guidance on SOP including examples, check out our SOP Guide which is included in any of our bundled packages!
 
Regulation

Site Survey requirements are laid out in CAR 901.27:

No pilot shall operate a remotely piloted aircraft system unless, before commencing operations, they determine that the site for take-off, launch, landing or recovery is suitable for the proposed operation by conducting a site survey that takes into account the following factors: 

(a) the boundaries of the area of operation;
(b) the type of airspace and the applicable regulatory requirements; 
(c) the altitudes and routes to be used on the approach to and departure from the area of operation; 
(d) the proximity of manned aircraft operations; 
(e) the proximity of aerodromes, airports and heliports; 
(f) the location and height of obstacles, including wires, masts, buildings, cell phone towers and wind turbines 
(g) the predominant weather and environmental conditions for the area of operation; and 
(h) the horizontal distances from persons not involved in the operation.

Regulation

CAR 901.23 states that these processes are required.

(1) No pilot shall operate a remotely piloted aircraft system unless the following procedures are established:

(a) normal operating procedures, including pre-flight, take-off, launch, approach, landing and recovery procedures;

 

CAR 901.28 has some additional details

A pilot of a remotely piloted aircraft shall, before commencing a flight,

(a) ensure that there is a sufficient amount of fuel or energy for safe completion of the flight;
(b) ensure that each crew member, before acting as a crew member, has been instructed

(i) with respect to the duties that the crew member is to perform, and
(ii) on the location and use of any emergency equipment associated with the operation of the remotely piloted aircraft system; and

(c) determine the maximum distance from the pilot the aircraft can travel without endangering aviation safety or the safety of any person.

Regulation

CAR 901.23 states that emergency procedures are required

(1) No pilot shall operate a remotely piloted aircraft system unless the following procedures are established:

(b) emergency procedures, including with respect to

(i) a control station failure,
(ii) an equipment failure, 
(iii) a failure of the remotely piloted aircraft, 
(iv) a loss of the command and control link, 
(v) a fly-away, and 
(vi) flight termination.

Transport Canada RPAS Information Session

Transport Canada RPAS Information Session

On Tuesday, April 23rd, Transport Canada held an information session at the Richmond campus of BCIT hosted by Justin Miller, a Technical Team Lead on the RPAS Task Force and Jason Rule with the RPAS Centre of Excellence.  Following a short presentation covering the highlights of regulations, they opened the floor up to questions from the 20 or so present.

Some key points came to light which are worth reiterating:

  • Both basic and advanced category pilots need to have site survey, normal and emergency procedures and to follow the outlined processes for every flight.
  • “Bystander” is defined as anyone not directly involved in the operation. If you are overflying a job site that is occupied by workers (example: workers on a construction site or cast and crew on a movie set) they should be briefed that the operation is taking place and made aware of risks, but they are not considered bystanders. Use common sense when applying this regulation.
  • The NRC Site Selection Tool will be updated and renamed the Where 2 Fly Portal. Along with maintaining the top-down view of airspace and aerodrome location, it will include guidance on the procedures to follow to access airspace. Interestingly, in addition to defining airspace boundaries and the 3NM buffer around airports and 1 NM around heliports, there are also restricted areas around runways that are depicted. The photo quality is not great, but have a look at the yellow/orange and red boundaries.
  • Tethered drones are not considered drones and therefore aren’t regulated under Part 9. Instead, they’re goverened by CAR Standard 621 Chapter 11 and considered obstacles to navigation.
  • Transport Canada doesn’t regulate privacy. Just because there is no mention of it in the CARs, doesn’t mean that you are exempt from following privacy or other laws. Be sure you’re familiar with the Privacy Act, the Personal Protection and Electronic Documents Act, Parks Canada regulations and regulations surrounding operations near wildlife. If you will be operating near animals a good heuristic is that if you’re close enough to make them move, you’re too close. Also, check out the Species at Risk Act, Marine Mammal Regulations and Migratory Bird Regulations.
  • When it comes to enforcement, Transport Canada has been working with the RCMP and some local police units to provide training on enforcing the Aeronautics Act which the CARs fall under. They’ll have a specific ticketing booklet with a decision tree to work through to ensure you’re operating legally. Be ready to produce your operation certificate, registration and other mandated documents if requested.
  • In addition to CARs infractions, RPAS pilots can also be fined under the Criminal Code if they are causing mischief, endangering aircraft or operating under the influence. A key thing to note is that you can be fined for each Some of the questionable videos I’ve seen would have racked up $20 000+ in infractions if TC really wanted to throw the book at someone.
  • TC is working to educate the public through an awareness campaign on social media and industry events. They also had sweet lanyards for anyone at the events.

Have any questions? Let me know! Send me an email at [email protected]