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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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Canadian Airspace Classes

Canadian Airspace Classes

Blog: AirspaceCanadian Airspace ClassesThey're just letters! A, B, C, D, E, F and G. The Canadian airspace system causes most people to just scratch their heads at first. We've broken down the airspace classes and how they show up on various resources to help you make...

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Drones for Christmas: What you need to know!

Drones for Christmas: What you need to know!

BLOGGetting or Gifting a Drone For Christmas? Here's the Top 3 Things You Need to Know.It’s about that time of year! If you were good, you might expect to see a drone under the tree.  Before you unbox or gift one to friends or family, learn the top 3 things you should...

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DJI Mavic Mini: What can you do with a 249g drone?

DJI Mavic Mini: What can you do with a 249g drone?

DJI Mavic MiniDJI Mavic Mini: What can you do with a 249g drone?The Mavic Mini is a disruptor. Never before in this industry have you had such a capable machine in such a tiny and unrestricted package. Let’s take a look at what doors the Mini opens up!With this...

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How well do you know the Canadian drone regulations?

How well do you know the Canadian drone regulations?

BlogIt’s been about 6 months with the new regulations in force. How well does your knowledge of the Part 9 CARs stack up? Take this quiz on the common regulation misunderstandings to see!How'd you do? Check out our Facebook Live debrief for a review of the...

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UNREGULATED Drones?

UNREGULATED Drones?

DJI’s new sub 250g drone: what does it mean for you?If you spend any time lurking in drone forums, I’m sure you’ve seen DJI’s new Mavic Mini. This objectively adorable palm-sized machine weighs in at under 250g and is therefore unregulated – or is it? Folks are stoked...

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Flying a Drone in the Maritimes

Flying a Drone in the Maritimes

BLOG 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...

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Flying a Drone in the Prairies

Flying a Drone in the Prairies

BLOG 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...

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Flying a Drone in Quebec

Flying a Drone in Quebec

BLOG 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...

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Flying a Drone in Alberta

Flying a Drone in Alberta

BLOG 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...

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Flying a Drone in Northern Canada

Flying a Drone in Northern Canada

BLOG 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...

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An Ode to the Misinformed: A Poetic Rant

An Ode to the Misinformed: A Poetic Rant

BLOG You call it all a cash grab But what you haven’t seen Is the thousands of hours of prep and processing That Transport Canada has done for free   Literal THOUSANDS of SFOC applications Without any fees Not to mention requests and...

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Flying a Drone in BC

Flying a Drone in BC

BLOG 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...

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Flying a Drone in Ontario

Flying a Drone in Ontario

BLOG 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...

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Standard Operating Procedures: An Overview

Standard Operating Procedures: An Overview

BLOG 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...

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Meet the Team: Adam

Meet the Team: Adam

Blog At Coastal Drone Co, our team is what sets us apart from the rest. We are proud to have some of the most knowledgeable, passionate, and experienced people in the business with us. We are excited to introduce you to the people who work every day to help you become...

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Site Survey Primer

Site Survey Primer

Blog Site Surveys? No Problem. We get a lot of questions from people wondering how to properly conduct a site survey. From physical obstacles, to airspace restrictions, to weather and site safety considerations, the process of a site survey can seem a little...

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Meet the Team: Alec

Meet the Team: Alec

Blog At Coastal Drone Co, our team is what sets us apart from the rest. We are proud to have some of the most knowledgeable, passionate, and experienced people in the business with us. We are excited to introduce you to the people who work every day to help you become...

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Meet the Team: Kate

Meet the Team: Kate

Blog At Coastal Drone Co, our team is what sets us apart from the rest. We are proud to have some of the most knowledgeable, passionate, and experienced people in the business with us. We are excited to introduce you to the people who work every day to help you become...

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Flying As A Foreign Operator

Flying As A Foreign Operator

Blog IT'S EASIER THAN YOU THINK 1. Take a 20-hour TP15263 compliant ground school2. Apply for your SFOC with your ground school certificate- Use this checklist to support your SFOC application!   There's really only two steps. To fly in Canada as a foreign...

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Best Drones for 2019

Best Drones for 2019

Blog Summer is coming, and that means drone (well.. technically RPAS) season is upon us! The good weather is going to lead to a lot of fantastic opportunities to get footage with your RPAS but it’s important to make sure that when you fly, you are obeying all the...

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