New regulations are in the works that will replace most SFOCs, but not expected to to be released until late 2018, with a 6 month roll-out period going into mid 2019. If you need to be flying before then an SFOC will still be needed.
Developing an SFOC application and all the associated technical documents and standard operating procedures
can be a daunting task for those new to Transport Canada and the aviation industry. There are specific details the regulator requires and a lot of jargon to understand to complete the application properly. As well SFOCs are handled regionally across Canada, and each region has it’s own specific requirements and procedures around how and what to submit.
For those wanting to do it themselves we provide a number of helpful resources throughout our blog, the key articles can be found in this index .
For those looking for more direct assistance and to help expedite the process, we offer full SFOC application development services. Through these services we provide a full set of documents that Transport Canada typically require the operator to have for a submission:
– Operations Manual. This document includes all the standard operating procedures (SOPs), safety & emergencies plans, checklists, log templates, and related. Basically your core processes and procedures for operating a UAV within the requirements Transport Canada put in place. We base this off our own existing proven documents and are always tweaking it based on new information and feedback from various regions.
– UAV Manual. This document is specific to the UAV(s) you use and outlines the technical specifications, flight parameters, repair and maintenance procedures/schedules as per the needs of Transport Canada.
– SFOC Application. Main application document which outlines the specifics of the purpose, location, dates, airspace, maps, etc for the operation. This makes reference to the other documents above.
– National SFOC Form. Transport Canada now has a National SFOC form that is used across all regions. This form makes reference to the other documents, which contain the mandatory information now required for applications.