Quick Bite – CARAC Exemption for Foreign Pilots
April 26, 2024

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Quick Bite – CARAC Exemption for Foreign Pilots

by | Apr 26, 2024

Quick Bite – CARAC Exemtion for Foreign Pilots

This week, word was passed down from the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC) that they have made a change to the Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) Process for foreign pilots. 


The Change

Foreign Pilots are no longer required to hold a pilot certificate from a foreign state to apply for an SFOC. This is welcome news, as many countries may not have a certification process for drones. This will also open the door to people in Canada for extended periods, like students and people on work visas, to pick up drones here in Canada. This has been an unofficial policy for a while, so we’re happy to see it addressed officially. 
Foreign Pilots are now also exempt from 903.02(f) to (o). As many of these provisions are potentially beyond the scope of recreational operations, this will help more foreign pilots operate safely and legally in Canada. 

Canadian Aviation Regulation 903.03 (f) to (o)

These changes will make it easier for foreign operators to get started flying small drones in Canada. We’re excited about these changes and look forward to seeing more people out enjoying drones.

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