Just for your information here is what is coming in Canada as far as UAV regulations.

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Comment by Bertrand Duchiron on November 28, 2009 at 10:09pm
At the UVSCanada 2009 in November in Victoria Manzur Huq Director of General Aviation at Transport Canada talk us about the TC plan for regulation in Canadian airspace, at this time TC have 4 phases:
Phase I: Focus on UAV systems where the UAV MTOW does not exceed 35 Kg operated VFR within
visual range
Phase II: UAV systems where the UAV MTOW does not exceed 35 Kg operated beyond visual range
Phase III: UAV systems where the UAV MTOW exceeds 35 Kg operated VFR within visual range
Phase IV: UAV systems where the UAV MTOW exceeds 150 Kg and integrated within Canadian
Airspace

They just made recommadation for phase I and II , and he told us that for phase III, he will be dead for a long time before they reach to a regulations so , so far, the SFOC will still needed for UAV flight (at least for the next 5-10 years).

here the link to his presentation pdf http://rapidshare.com/files/313677513/TC-ManzurHuq.pdf.html

you can also consult
http://www.uvscanada.org
and the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems http://www.ccuvs.com/
Comment by Mario on November 28, 2009 at 10:19pm
Being myself a Transport Canada safety inspector I have to agree with that comment... Implementation phases time span are always way longer than planned.
Comment by Bertrand Duchiron on November 29, 2009 at 11:31am
Yes, we had a discussion between TC representatives, UAV industry and some 'real' pilots, those wants the UAV to carry transponder, TC said : at this time there is no small size transponder so we can'tmade them mandatory on UAV, The industry said: if TC did not ask for transponder, we will not spend money for R&D on this electronic system, so is a dead end,

For the SFOC, we should give flight data of the UAV like max cimb rate, max descend rate and so, but when you build it from the scratch you don't have them so you need to flight the UAV to collect the data but you can't without a SFOC,
Comment by Patrick Egan on December 2, 2009 at 10:06pm
Who is the new UAS person at TC?

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