Of particular note, and what often confuses many trying to use an Exemption, is the clarification and examples of built-up areas. The examples in the slide deck are all cases where Exemptions do not apply. As per presentation commentary & notes:
As you can see, there are lots of areas where flights cannot be flown without a SFOC: the exemption is not applicable:
- in controlled or restricted airspace
- within 9km of aerodromes, or
- within 9km of a built up area
A SFOC must specifically permit operations within Class C airspace
Anything larger than a farmstead should be considered a built up area.
Specifically to slide 18:
While this is a non-built-up area, it is definitely within 9km of a built-up area and as such the exemption would not be applicable here. It is also within 9km of an aerodrome (CRF2 – Langley (Russell Farm) Heliport)
As has been stated before, Exemptions can rarely be used in most areas, beyond very rural farming/mining/forestry applications. SFOCs are the primary means to work legally with your UAV. The onus is on the user to ensure they are working within the regulations.