Transport Canada UAV Full Exemption Details

The full details on the recently released exemptions for UAV use by Transport Canada have now been pushed on their website and can be found here Advisory Circular (AC) No. 600-004

An Advisory Circular (AC) provides information and guidance with regards to a specific issue or law. In this case, it provides general guidance, safety practices and explanatory information for operators of unmanned air vehicle (UAV) systems operating under an exemption to Sections 602.41 and 603.66 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).

This new document further defines the previous press releases and info-graphic on thew new under 2kg and 2-25kg exemptions.

The main restrictions that may limit their use for many operators are the distance requirements from airports and built up areas:

The pilot operating under this exemption shall only operate a UAV at least five (5) nautical miles away from the centre of any aerodrome.

The pilot operating under this exemption shall only operate a UAV at least five (5) nautical miles away from a built-up area.

4 comments

  1. And to add further clarity, Built-up areas are considered areas with groups of buildings or dwellings including anything from small hamlets to major cities. Anything larger than a farmstead should be considered a built up area.

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  2. Transport Canada made this comment on Facebook regarding built-up areas – “In general terms, a built-up area refers to any group of structures that could interfere with the safe operation of an aircraft. These can include houses, factories, service stations, grain elevators, apartment buildings, or airports.”

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