Canada’s regulations for foreign commercial UAV operators

Canada’s relatively favorable framework for commercial UAV operations is attracting interest among foreign operators who are frustrated with restrictions in their home jurisdictions. The following provides a breakdown of Canadian regulations affecting foreign commercial operators:

Canada’s regulations for foreign commercial UAV operators

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Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on January 12, 2015 at 2:56pm

It doesn't matter how often this "favorable framework in Canada" thing is repeated, it does not make it true.  Canada has some of the most restrictive policies in the world, second only probably to the US.  This article reinforces that.  The Canadian government is inviting US companies to come fly in Canada, only if they have a COA or SOC, which are almost impossible to get?  Or how about forming a new company headquartered in Canada, and restricting operations to a testing ground in frozen Alberta?  And/or, waiting 20+ days for a permit for every flight.

Comment by Richard on January 12, 2015 at 3:10pm

Hey, don't send them up here to frozen northern Alberta!

I have a good thing going up here and don't need the publicity.

Comment by Oscar on January 13, 2015 at 10:30pm

Most of the time SFOC is only required for commercial use in Canada, majority of the drones under 2kg for recreational use is exempted from needing a SFOC. There are some criteria that apply, such as always maintaining a line of sight.

Comment by OG on January 14, 2015 at 1:37am

well the rules are all noncence better to abandon and adopt licensing like in the EU who are years ahead.. So bad seen alot of people give up and sell there equipment some goôd second hand deals out there now because of the new Canadian rules you can not operate practically under the new rules .  This is my observation !


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