New Nav Canada RPAS Coordination Process Announced

Nav Canada has announced their new process for coordinating RPAS in controlled airspace:

We would like to inform you of some important changes that may impact the operation of your remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). As of June 1, 2019, new Transport Canada regulations will apply to all RPA operating in Canadian airspace. For more information on these new regulations, visit Transport Canada’s Drone Safety page​.

If you plan to operate your RPA in controlled airspace (Classes C, D or E), you must have a Transport Canada Pilot Certificate – Advanced Operations, and you must now obtain a written RPAS Flight Authorization from NAV CANADA, by submitting an RPAS Flight Authorization Request. This written authorization process replaces any previous email or telephone method and is now the only way to receive NAV CANADA authorization to fly your RPA in controlled airspace.

For more information or to submit an RPAS Flight Authorization Request, please visit our new RPAS webpage.
Mark Telewiak
Airport Operations Specialist | Spécialiste de l’expoitation aéroportuaire
Regional Training Specialist | Spécialiste, Formation régionale
6055 Midfield Road, Mississauga, ON, L4W 2P7
T. 905-676-4609 C. 416-540-1078

The main take away is 2-14 days required processing time.

Depending on the complexity of your request, expect a minimum of 48 hours to 14 days for review.  You cannot operate your RPA in controlled airspace unless you receive a written RPAS Flight Authorization from NAV CANADA.​ Failure to comply with legal requirements when flying an RPA, including failure to obtain an RPAS Flight Authorization from NAV CANADA before flying an RPA in controlled airspace, can give rise to serious penalties, including fines and jail time.

It becomes hard to operate a business and plan operations with such a wide ranging service level.  This really impacts the industry in a bad way.  Concerns on such delays were raised in the draft regulations but it seems that went unheard.

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