Proposed Canadian UAV Regs Review – When SFOCs are still required…

While the proposed new regulations will remove the need for SFOCs for most commercial applications of UAVs, there are still a number of times that a separate SFOC will be required.

As per http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2017/2017-07-15/html/reg2-eng.php

904.01 No person shall conduct any of the following operations except in accordance with a special flight operations certificate — UAS issued under section 904.03:

  • (a) the operation of an unmanned aircraft that has a maximum permissible take-off weight of more than 25 kg (55 pounds) and that is not used for recreational purposes;
  • (b) the operation, by a member of the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) or another Canadian aeromodelling association, of an unmanned aircraft that has a maximum take-off weight of more than 35 kg (77.2 pounds) and that is used for recreational purposes;
  • (c) the operation of an unmanned aircraft beyond visual line-of-sight;
  • (d) the operation of an unmanned aircraft by a foreign operator who has been authorized to operate unmanned aircraft systems by the foreign state;
  • (e) the operation of an unmanned aircraft at a special aviation event;
  • (f) the operation of an unmanned aircraft in Class F Special Use Restricted Airspace — UAS;
  • (g) the performance of visual observer duties from a moving aircraft, vehicle or vessel, as referred to in subsection 900.14(4);
  • (h) the operation of a unmanned aircraft to transport certain payloads, as referred to in section 900.26;
  • (i) the operation of an unmanned aircraft from a moving aircraft, vehicle or vessel, as referred to in section 900.27;
  • (j) the handover of pilot-in-command responsibilities, as referred to in subsection 900.35(1);
  • (k) the transfer of control of an unmanned aircraft, as referred to in subsection 900.35(2);
  • (l) the operation of a small unmanned aircraft at an aerodrome, as referred to in section 902.14;
  • (m) the operation of a small unmanned aircraft to tow an object, as referred to in section 902.27;
  • (n) the operation of a small unmanned aircraft to fly in formation with other aircraft, as referred to in section 902.28;
  • (o) the operation of a small unmanned aircraft to conduct aerobatic manœuvres, as referred to in section 902.29;
  • (p) the operation of a small unmanned aircraft at night at an unlighted site for take-off, launch, landing or recovery, as referred to in subsection 902.52(6); and
  • (q) any other operation of an unmanned aircraft for which the Minister determines that a special flight operations certificate — UAS is necessary to ensure aviation safety.

3 comments

  1. Just quickly did some reading to catch up on this. Will take me more time but at the moment it looks like the same SFOC process is in place as before for those that cannot be compliant. Yes those compliant systems are way too expensive to even consider but also overkill IMO for most our type of small business ops. Unless we actually want to fly over people that is.

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