Safety enacted! New UAV rules for small unmanned aircraft.

Drone / UAV Rules Last week, November 27, 2014, Transport Canada announced the new exemptions and UAV rules for flights. Air-Vid reported the exciting new UAV public awareness agenda in this article. To qualify under the new rules, operators must check Transport Canada’s website to confirm if the exemptions apply to them. Commercial Use of UAV exemptions […]

Drone / UAV Rules

Last week, November 27, 2014, Transport Canada announced the new exemptions and UAV rules for flights. Air-Vid reported the exciting new UAV public awareness agenda in this article.

Under the new exemptions, a Special Flight Operations Certificate will no longer be required for certain operations involving very small (under 2 kg) and small (between 2 kg and 25 kg) UAVs. The new approach will apply to commercial operations and contribute to a strong safety regime.

To qualify under the new rules, operators must check Transport Canada’s website to confirm if the exemptions apply to them.

Commercial Use of UAV exemptions

UAV pilots must adhere to the safety guidelines indicated as well as carry with them when flying:

  • A copy of the exemption;
  • Proof of liability insurance coverage  $100,000 minimum;
  • Name, address and telephone number of the UAV operator; and
  • A copy of the UAV system operating limitations.
Review exemption for

UAVs 2 kg or less
(4.4 lbs)

Review exemption for

UAVs between 2.1 kg and 25 kg
(4.5 and 55 lbs)

Canada is fast becoming a world leader in adopting standards and regulations that recognize the exciting commercial, industrial and hobbies opportunities that UAVs offer. If you are flying UAVs outside of Canada the local UAV rules will be different. Pilots can help their local regulators by adopting these new rules as guides for their business practice to improve local acceptance of UAVs.

 

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