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- December 4, 2022
- Posted by: productiondev
- Category: Adverisement Educaton
Canadian Drone Log Book Requirements
You might not know this, but every drone pilot in Canada must keep a flight log book of every flight and
every drone pilot who handles the drone. Sometimes you may not get to use these records, but you will
need to have them handy in case they are required.
So, what are the Canadian drone Log Book requirements?
Canadian Log Book Requirements
Details about log books for drone pilots are covered under the CARs 901.48 act. Let’s look at each of the
items you should log.
Pilot Flight Logs
According to CARs 901.48 (1), you are required to log the details of every pilot or crew member who
handles your drone in each flight, as well as other flight details such as location, duration, and activities
conducted during the flight.
If you are flying a DJI drone, you should have access to this information, and the only information you
will be required to fill in is the crew members’ information. However, this law only applies to UAVs
weighing more than 250 grams. Besides, unless you run a firm with a large fleet of drones and several
crew members, most recreational drone pilots handle the drone themselves.
But if you happen to have crew members, to meet the requirement stipulated above, you will need a
service like FlySafe by AirMarket, or Drone Centre.
The CARs 901.48 Act also requires every owner of a remotely piloted aircraft to keep records of every
maintenance activity done on the drone. The information required includes the following;
* Names of the people who conducted the repairs.
*The dates the repairs were done.
*If the drone was modified, indicate the type of the modification, the manufacturer, and a
description of what the modification does.
*Any necessary instructions provided for the maintenance or modification process.
You can create such a log in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, but it would be easier to use software like
Drone Centre, or FlySafe for a smoother record-keeping process.
How Long Can You Hold On To These Records?
According to CARs 901.48 (2), below is how long you can keep these records;
*Pilot Records – You must keep the pilot flight logs for up to 12 months from the date you
*Maintenance Records – You must store the maintenance records for up to 24 months from the
date you created them.
Both records should be available to be provided to the Minister upon request. But in the case of a
transfer of ownership, you are only required to share the Maintenance records with the new owner. You
don’t have to share the Pilot Flight Logs.
And there you have it. Make it a habit to always keep these records even when no one asks for them.
You never know when you will be required to produce them.
Sugu Drones provides comprehensive training for both Basic and Advanced pilot certificates, including
the Flight Review, where you also learn how to create these records. We also provide training on specific
use cases for drones, such as remote Sensing, to help you launch a career in drones or start using drones
in your business