Once you have deemed your going to need an SFOC, a big decision that you need to make is which application process type you will be using.
Under the old system there was basically one application, but now under the new process there are now 4 types of applications:
- Compliant Operator Application
- Restricted Operator Application – Complex Application
- Restricted Operator Application – Simplified Application
- Restricted Operator Application – MAAC/AMA Application
Although the SFOC is the only authority to allow UAVs to fly there are two processes for seeking such authority. There is a Compliant operator process and a Restricted operator process. The Restricted operator process provides Certificate applicants with four methodologies for applying for an SFOC based on the scope and complexity of the proposed operation.
The MAAC/AMA Application does not apply for commercial use so can be ignored. It is meant for oversize recreational aircraft over 35kgs.
The Compliant Operator Application is now the new standard application type that TC prefers all operators submit under. It also is the most involved and will require the most documentation and training.
The UAV system regulatory recommendations approved by the TC Canadian Aviation Regulatory Committee require UAV operators to become “Compliant”. As such all Certificate applicants are strongly encouraged to work towards becoming compliant to ensure their operations can be continued with minimal interruption once future regulatory development is completed.
The following articles cover specifics on the Compliant operator in more detail:
- New SFOC Application Process – Part 4 Compliant Operator
- New SFOC Application Process – Part 5 Compliant Pilot
- New SFOC Application Process – Part 6 Compliant UAV
While the Compliant Operator is what you should work towards it may not be the easiest and quickest to pull together.
The Restricted Simplified Application most closely mirrors the prior process used by most commercial UAV operators. However, unlike the old process, the new Simplified Application has tighter restrictions so may not meet all your needs. The Simplified Application can only be used for a single UAV as well. In which case the Restricted Complex will be your next option and seems to be what most are using for the short term.
As noted in UAV SFOC How To – Part 5 Core Application Content there will be core content that is required across all application types. In addition to those, each specific type will have additional information you will need to provide, as well as different criteria that you will need to meet, with the
We covered a further overview of the various applciation types in: New SFOC Application Process – Part 2 Application Types