Thought I'd start some info flow on Canadian UAV activity and hopefully focus on non-combat uses.

These are a few links that popped up first when I did a search.

http://www.uavs.ca/
http://www.tc.gc.ca/civilaviation/general/recavi/brochures/uav.htm
http://www.uavs.ca/outreach/HistoryUAVs.pdf
http://www.unmannedsystems.ca/index.php


Just a start, I will work on keeping more interesting info coming...

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Hi Ron, thanks for the links. I have been dealing with a couple Canadian civilian corporations as well:

Micropilot (including the cropcam UAV) - http://micropilot.com

Aerial Insight - http://aerialinsight.com

Especially the last company has, in my opinion, looked at all the different components of a UAS system, including data processing. Thas something I have not seen from many other UAV companies out there.
I noticed that AerialInsight uses Micropilot's Horizon GCS software.
(and they are also from Manitoba just as Micropilot is)

Is AI another spinoff from MP just like CropCam is?
Hey Peter, I did not realize you are in Canada! That is cool. do you have a storefront? I'll be in Winnipeg at the end of June, maybe I'll stop in and say hi.
Hi Ron, no I am currently based out of the Netherlands, but by browsing this website I found out about the Aerial Insight guys. They are located just east of Winnipeg I believe.

To reply to Ric; Aerial Insight have looked at the various ways to make the cropcam much more functional. Carbon fiber fuselage, gyro-stabilized cameras, flight planning software, yet they have also taken care of the data processing side of things. This is still unheard of in this business. So in my opinion, even though it is based on MP's hardware, it is definitely not a spinoff.
Fair enough, thx for the reply.

Great links!
Well to get a SFOC in Canada is not so easy but you can, try to contact the CCUVS (Canadian Center for UVS) http://www.ccuvs.org , they can give you all information you need to .

And even with a SFOC you can't fly beyond visaul range and more than 400ft high so it s the same as flying in a MAAC airfield ( http://www.maac.ca/ )

Other source of info (more commercial)
Unmanned Systems Canada (and UAVSI Canada, they merged month ago) http://www.unmannedsystems.ca/

and an old chapter of DIYdrone in Alberta with links to some canadian manufacturer and user of UAV
http://diydronesalberta.ning.com/profiles/blogs/companies-using-and...

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