Terminology: Visual Observer

Visual Observer –  As it relates the the Transport Canada UAV SFOC process, means a trained crew member, in visual line-of-sight of the UAV, who assists the pilot in the duties associated with collision avoidance and complying with the applicable rules of flight.

As defined in SI 623-001


  1. Good morning. I have a question I’m hoping you can clarify. I am living in Canada on the border on the Oshawa Ontario airport Class D zone. Approximately 4.76 miles in distance. My question is I am applying for my first SFOC and did everything that it requests for. I stated my goals for the job, it would be my house for real estate and roof inspection. Something simple to start with to get a few SFOC’s under my belt. My issue is that I would have four people to help me through this. Three people are the Scanner Visual Observers located around my property. I will be supplying them with two-way radios in case of any issues and I have my other friend to be my Visual Observer. He has not been through a physical class but I had provided him with many online responsibilities of this duties. Unfortunately, I don’t have any of my friends that are interested in commercial flying and I really don’t know what I can do to make it possible without a class taught VO. I would really appreciate your time and help with this issue. I’m very frustrated and don’t know what would be my next step.

    thanks for your time


    1. The VO doesn’t need to take an official ground school. If you have a UAV course that is sufficient. VOs can be trained for their responsibilities in house.


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