Transport Canada UAV Q&A – Questions Wanted

qaWe are working on a Q&Answer session with Transport Canada in regards to commercial UAVs and the associated regulations and are looking for your questions.

Over the next two weeks we will be collecting and compiling questions on the topic,  so if you have something you’d like clarification on please post your question below in the comments.

We will the compile all the feedback and present the top items to TC and try to get clarification directly from the source.

Hopefully this will help get more information out there without TC being bombarded by hundreds of email questions that they are not able to respond to individually.


  1. Small plane pilots need to be educated as to the airspace assigned to most UAV operations, below 300 feet. This is a safety concern, as I have witnessed many small planes fly at 150-200 feet over my property, one time with the engine off. If all aircraft stay above 500 feet this will eliminate any concerns or issues for TC, with all compliant below 300 feet operators. TC safety and control concerns should be at 400 feet and higher. Most of the collisions I have seen are people getting hit in the head by a unskilled operator, this would be an assault charge not a TC issue. Great work you are doing here, thanks.


  2. Can one apply for permission to use air corridors between point A and B strictly for UAV use . Info on this subject would be appreciated . Thakyou


    1. I can speak to this to what I know, they are in draft now, but wont be worked on in detail until the new LOS regs are out.
      Sense and avoid systems are going to the biggest issue.


  3. Hey Mark,

    Great forum and site thanks immensely for it, it’s been helfpul in setting up my business.

    The only question I have and this might be stupid, but I am curious why you are soliciting for questions? Are the regs comming out soon? I though the feedback period was over? The only other question I have is when will the regs be promulgated, this may impact my operations manual development etc though most of the requirements can be inferred and/or understood via your excellent interpretations.

    Brian Stoneman


    1. TC gave us the opportunity to ask questions of them, this is in general not specific to the new regulations.

      New regs are being worked on, no firm deadline yet.


      1. Yes, THAT is no small issue in my mind and won’t be easy for them to settle since it seems to me that they are attempting to in some way figure out how to deal with DIY drone makers. Good question Ross. Reading through the NPA that was curiously absent throughout.


  4. I have a question: When applying for SFOC, in Section 6.28 of the SI.
    How do you outline flight Records?
    1. do you do every flight that you have completed with dates, crew and aircraft?
    Or you do a print out of your flight records from the Aircraft. i.e.: Phantom 3 professional

    Flight hours per aircraft? Flying your own personal UAV and the companies UAV. They are asking about the Pilot qualifications correct.

    Maintenance records….copy and send in a copy of your maintenance record even if it is a new aircraft and you performed minimal maintenance at this time?

    When they ask Pilot flight hours: Every time you taken a UAV out and flow should be documented and that should be submitted? including day, month, and year????

    Thanks I’m a little confused on these issues.


    1. I can probably respond to most of these…
      For logging generally you want something similar to full scale aircraft pilot log, where you track the date. location, pilot and total flight time for the operation or can also log individual flights. Good to note any other crew involved as well. You do not need ot submit it unless requested. Insurers will generally ask for this info also each year. The built in flight logs probably wouldn’t give enough details on the pilot/crew so may not be sufficient.

      Same idea for maintenance records, track and log the date, aircraft, and what was done. If it is a new aircraft there will be no existing info but there will be ongoing plus you also need to define the maintenance schedules for common items.


  5. More of a technical question and I don’t think for TC.

    TC says in the SI that we must take “Measures for preventing or mitigating radio frequency interference”. There are obvious steps that can be taken however the nerd in me says we should measure it somehow and there does appear to be device that will do this. BUT at what “level” does this interference impact a UAV. I am certain this is not an easy answer and likely depends on several factors but does anyone have any insights?


  6. Hi there.
    In the case where an operator is legally flying in a “built up” area, the UAV malfunctions and someone is badly injured or worse. My question is, how will TC respond?? Especially if their investigation finds its no fault of the operator. I know its all about mitigation, but one accident like this can easily cause huge public backlash.


    1. My general thought is that as long as the proper precautions and procedures were in place it would be deemed an accident with no penalty from TC. Injuries would be handled by insurance.


  7. It would be nice to know when TC intend on releasing their new rules. As well, will these new rules impact operators who have a standing SFOC? I’m trying to get business and I’d like to know how these impending changes will affect this.


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