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Transport Canada’s Regulatory Update from UC18

Transport Canada’s Regulatory Update from UC18

NOTICE: check out our new post about the rules that are now in effect! At the end of October, Transport Canada presented a regulatory update at Unmanned Canada- Unmanned System Canada’s fall conference in Vancouver, BC. While specifics such as release dates for the...

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3 Steps to Successfully Implement Drones in your Business

3 Steps to Successfully Implement Drones in your Business

It’s easy to get excited about drones. Unless you have an Aston Martin equipped with missile launchers in your garage, drones are the closest thing to a Bond gadget that you can actually buy. There are ample predictions estimating the global drone industry to be worth...

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Sensors and Payloads: The Way Drones Make Money

Sensors and Payloads: The Way Drones Make Money

When it comes to making money with your drone, it all comes down to the payload. Really, the drone is just a tool for putting the camera or another sensor into an area that was too expensive or prohibitive to do otherwise. This is where the drone industry gets...

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Transport Canada’s UAV Exemptions

Transport Canada’s UAV Exemptions

There’s a Canadian Aviation Regulation that says all UAV flights need to have an SFOC or Special Flight Operations Certificate. 602.41 No person shall operate an unmanned air vehicle in flight except in accordance with a special flight operations certificate or an air...

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Where Can I Fly My Drone? A Primer on Canadian Airspace

Where Can I Fly My Drone? A Primer on Canadian Airspace

Where Can I Fly My Drone?While airports and airspace often go hand in hand, there are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation about where airspace exists and what it means. Let’s take a look at the classes of airspace and then talk about what it means for you as a...

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Regulation Update from Transport Canada

Regulation Update from Transport Canada

On Wednesday, May 23rd 2018, Transport Canada (TC) hosted approximately 40 unmanned aerial system stakeholders across the spectrum of industry, training providers, non-profits, manufacturers, and operators to discuss proposed changes to the regulations proposed in...

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How To Check The Weather For Flying

How To Check The Weather For Flying

Checking the weather is a vital step in analyzing a flight area, but it’s more than just sticking your head out the window. There are a lot of resources out there to help you evaluate effectively. I’m here to familiarize you with them and increase your confidence in...

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Clearing Up Drone Misconceptions

Clearing Up Drone Misconceptions

By now, most people, especially if you live somewhere scenic like the Pacific Northwest, have seen drones flying over their hiking path or lake view. They’ve heard the buzzing of the machine as its propellers zip through the air. They’ve seen one or two get too close...

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Living Up to Our Name

Living Up to Our Name

Coast to Coast to Coast With accurate flight records, extensive training, good timing and a sprinkle of luck, Coastal Drone Co. became the first (or so thinks our Transport Canada inspector) holder of a National Special Flight Operation Certificate (SFOC) in Canada....

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How to Travel With Your Drone

How to Travel With Your Drone

Securing the Aircraft and All the “Bits” Most aircraft come with a box, bag, or some sort of carrying case. If that won’t provide the protection you need, check out hard cases with foam cutouts to protect your gear. You can buy laser cut foam that is specific to your...

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