New SFOC Application Process – Part 5 Compliant Pilot

sfocIn order to use the Compliant Operator Application Process under the new SFOC procedures, one the of requirements is that the UAV Pilot is compliant.

The criteria for a compliant pilot is outlined in Appendix B of the SI 623-001 document.  The main elements are as follows:

  • 18 or older.
  • Medically fit.
  • Knowledge of flight law and procedures and has completed an approved ground school or holds a valid civil or military pilot’s license.
  • Experienced on the UAV(s) to be used.
  • Skilled in normal and emergency maneuvers.

The full details are as follows:

A Compliant Pilot of a small UAV system, restricted to VLOS, will meet the following requirements:
(a) Age – The pilot shall be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age
(b) Medical Fitness – The pilot shall be deemed eligible for a Category 4 Medical Declaration/Certificate. A current medical associated with a pilot’s licence or permit would suffice.
(c) Knowledge – A UAV Pilot-in-command shall have:
(i) completed a course of pilot ground school instruction, based on the TP1526E – Recommended Knowledge Requirements for Pilots of Small Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems, Restricted to Visual Line-of-Sight, which includes the following subjects:
(A) air law and procedures relevant to the permit (e.g. general provisions, general operating and flight rules, air traffic control services and procedures, aviation occurrence reporting),
(B) flight instruments (e.g. altimetry, GPS, airspeed and heading indicators),
(C) navigation (e.g. aeronautical charts, pre-flight preparation),
(D) flight operations (e.g. wake turbulence causes, effects and avoidance; data and command links),
(E) meteorology (e.g. required for line-of-sight operations),
(F) human factors (e.g. aviation physiology, the operating environment, aviation psychology), and
(G) theory of flight (e.g. basic principles),
(ii) obtained a passing grade on a written exam, administered by a training organization.
(d) Experience – The UAV pilot shall have acquired on a small UAV system:
(i) practical training; and
(ii) has reached a satisfactory standard of experience to establish proficiency.
(e) Skill – The pilot must successfully demonstrate the ability to perform both normal and emergency manoeuvres appropriate to the small UAV system used for the training program, and with a degree of competency appropriate for the operation of a small UAV system – Restricted to VLOS
(f) Credits – A UAV pilot may be given credit for previous experience in accordance with the guidance below:
(i) Canadian Civil Licence:
(A) UAV pilots who hold a Private Pilot Licence or higher may be considered to have met paragraph c above (knowledge requirement).
(ii) Foreign Pilots:
(A) UAV pilots with foreign credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
(iii) Canadian Forces Pilots:
(A) Active and retired Canadian Forces personnel who have qualified to pilot aeroplane wings standard or who have successfully completed the Basic Flying Training course of approximately 120 hours, may be considered as having met paragraph c above (knowledge requirement).
(B) Active and retired Canadian Forces pilots who hold current Canadian Forces qualifications on a small UAV (or equivalent), may be considered as having met paragraph c, d and e above (knowledge, experience, skill).


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