This section is meant to educate prospective students on UAV regulation and the release of the Canada Gazette 2. Be knowledgeable and review our regulations page on how you should get started.
The proposed rules introduce three categories of drones. Each category is based on the size of the device, the pilot, and where the drone is operated. The new regulations are easy-to-follow, flexible and balanced, while supporting innovation and safe recreational use.The proposed rules introduce three categories of drones. Each category is based on the size of the device, the pilot, and where the drone is operated. New requirements are specific to each category.
This section will answer questions to your most common concerns
Under the proposed rules, pilots of very small drones or small drones for limited operations will have to pass an online examination to ensure they have enough knowledge to operate safely. Pilots who intend to fly in the complex operations category — which includes flying in urban areas or within controlled airspace or close to airports — will need to pass a written knowledge test to get a pilot permit that is specific to small drones.
Only operators who intend to fly in urban areas, within controlled airspace or close to airports will need to register their drone.Since the complex operations category is most similar to manned aviation, there will be fee for registering drones operated in this category.
Training will be administered by centres authorized by Transport Canada, ground school courses will be targeted for a aluminum of 20 hours of in class instruction .
You must apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate if you meet any of these 3 conditions:
Still not sure? Answer some simple questions on the Getting permission to fly your drone page.
If you fly a drone for anything other than fun, we consider the drone a UAV that is being used for work or research. Examples include:
If you get payment or other commercial benefits for using your UAV, your flying is considered for work.
To use a UAV for work or research, you usually must have a Special Flight Operations Certificate. This applies to all UAVs no matter how much they weigh.
To apply for a certificate:
Your application must contain all information required in the instruction for reviewing and processing a Special Flight Operations Certificate application (UAV Staff Instruction), including: