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Important information for MAAC Members in 2023

Important information for MAAC Members in 2023

 Information for MAAC members to comply with Transport Canada CARS Part IX   February 25, 2023 Recently, we became aware that Transport Canada revoked the exemption that previously allowed model aircraft flyers to operate remote-controlled aircraft without...

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Routine Drone Maintenance Checklist

Routine Drone Maintenance Checklist

Routine Drone Maintenance Checklist You’ve invested time and money into getting your drone pilot certificate and purchasing your drone. Whether you’re an individual who flies drones for a hobby or runs a business with a drone pilot program, it’s only natural to want...

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Should Your Business Create a Drone Program?

Should Your Business Create a Drone Program?

Should Your Business Create a Drone Program? Drones are changing how we do business. Forbes calls drones a ‘transformative technology’ and we can certainly see why. They have been making processes efficient and safer in industries that range from construction and...

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New Drone Pilots – The Ultimate Canadian Guide

New Drone Pilots – The Ultimate Canadian Guide

Meet Your New Drone! If you recently got a drone as a gift or bought one, this is for you. We'll help you understand different types of drones and how to become a certified pilot.   Types of Drones - Which One Is Yours? First, let's figure out what type of drone...

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Drone Photography Tips for Beginners

Drone Photography Tips for Beginners

Drone Photography Tips for Beginners We live in a visually stimulating world. Amongst all the visual media, good photographs are and have always been an absolute pleasure to enjoy - be it on Instagram, Pinterest or just locked away in your drive for you to reminisce...

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How To Make Money With A Drone

How To Make Money With A Drone

How To Make Money With A Drone Drones are a lot of fun when you use them recreationally. If you’re passionate about UAVs and everything drone, you may want to consider turning your hobby into a money-making venture. That way you get to do what you love – all day,...

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How to read VNC VFR Navigation Charts & The Legend

How to read VNC VFR Navigation Charts & The Legend

Publications - Canadian VFR Navigation Charts (VNCs)Paper charts might seem outdated in the digital age, but there's a lot of useful information on our yellow and blue pastel friends, and with digital chart options now freely available, knowing how to read a VNC is...

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How Long are our Courses?

How Long are our Courses?

How long are our Drone Courses?February 8, 2022File this under FAQ, but this question gets asked frequently enough that it's worth a standalone post. All of our courses are available online and can be started as soon as you register. Once you register, you’ll receive...

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Where Can You Fly With A Basic Certificate?

Where Can You Fly With A Basic Certificate?

Where can you fly with a basic Drone Pilot certificate?February 3, 2022Understanding the Intent Behind the Regulations When it comes down to it, ultimately Transport Canada is in the business of mitigating risk. When it comes to drones, TC essentially has several risk...

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Canadian Logbook Requirements for Drone Pilots

Canadian Logbook Requirements for Drone Pilots

Canadian logbook requirements for Drone pilotsFebruary 3, 2022Drone Logbook Requirements Today we’re going to look at the requirements when it comes to record keeping for your drone. Did you know that you need to maintain a logbook with the details of every flight?...

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Drone Program Startup – A Cost Benefit Analysis

Drone Program Startup – A Cost Benefit Analysis

What DOES it Take to START A Drone Program?By Mark Watkins, November 10, 2021​The Cost / Benefit Analysis There are countless examples of efficiencies that can be realized when a company decides to run their own drone program. In many cases, the demand for flying is...

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Drone License Ontario

Drone License Ontario

Drone License Ontario Flying a drone sounds fun, but you will need a valid drone pilot certificate, among other things. Read our guide for all the information on the exam and the steps involved. -------------------------------------------------------------- When you...

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Drone License Canada

Drone License Canada

BLOG - Drone License CAnadaDrone License Canada Wondering how to get a valid drone pilot license? Then check out our certification courses that will help you get one. -------------------------------------------------------------- If you love photography or travelling...

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Drone Laws in Canada

Drone Laws in Canada

BLOG - Drone Laws in CAnadaDrone Laws In Canada   Wondering if you can use a drone in Canada? You will require more than just a Basic Drone Certificate, so check out this informative guide to know more. _____________________________________________ Overview The...

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The Mavic 3, First Impressions.

The Mavic 3, First Impressions.

BlogDJI Mavic 3 - First Impressions Four Years of Innovation? - By: Ian Wills2 Pro + 2 Zoom + Phantom 4 = Mavic 3? They did the math.It’s been nearly four years since we saw a new drone from DJI carrying the words “Mavic” and “Pro” on the same piece of plastic, with...

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Canadian Drone Services – Options, Pros and Cons

Canadian Drone Services – Options, Pros and Cons

BlogCanadian Drone Services Options, Pros and ConsAs drone services become more and more prevalent, how do you plan on leveraging this innovative new technology for your business?Canadian Drone ServicesAre you looking to add drone services to your offerings? Want to...

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Understanding Drone Insurance

Understanding Drone Insurance

Blog Understanding Drone Insurance with help from our friends at SkyWatch As you begin building your business, drone insurance will become an important asset as it will protect you, your equipment, and your investment. Unlike other types of coverage, activating, and...

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TP15263 Foreign Pilot Course

TP15263 Foreign Pilot Course

  If you are not a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a corporation which is incorporated by, or under federal or provincial jurisdiction, this course is for you! IT'S EASIER THAN YOU THINK 1. Take a TP15263 compliant ground school 2. Apply for your SFOC with...

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New RPA AIM

New RPA AIM

BlogNew TC AIM RPA Section  Guidance for RPA PilotsWhat is the AIM? The AIM or Aeronautical Information Manual is a 500+ page online and print resource published by Transport Canada twice a year (March and October) to provide guidance and detailed information not...

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 UpdateCOVID-19 UpdateDear Fellow Drone Pilots, As Canada continues to escalate the response to COVID-19 in recent days, We are doing our very best to respect our front line workers, and to practice as much physical distancing as we can. From coast to coast,...

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Coastal Drone Podcast Episode: Foreign Pilot Process Update

Coastal Drone Podcast Episode: Foreign Pilot Process Update

The PodcastFlying A Drone In Canada if you are not a permanent resident, or Canadian Citizen. The process to get certified to fly in Canada if you are not a Canadian Citizen or a permanent resident has changed. There is a bit of a stir online as Transport Canada has...

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DJI Mavic Mini: Busting Rumours!

DJI Mavic Mini: Busting Rumours!

BlogBusting Mavic Mini Myths Are the rumours true? Read on to find out! [Updated for 2022]Is it actually 249g? YES! Even with a micro SD card the Mavic Mini weighs in at 249g.  The Mini 2 actually weighs less at approximately 247g.Do I need a Pilot Certificate or...

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