Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Regulations in Canada
UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
SFOC Safe Flight Operations Certificate
CARs Canadian Aviation Regulations
Transport Canada has been hard at work developing regulations to govern the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for private and commercial use for the safety of manned aircraft and the general public. The primary difference between flying an unmanned aerial vehicle for recreational or commercial purposes is:
- Recreational: Safe Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) not required, providing the flight activities and parameters and the UAV meet Canadian Aviation Regulations and standards
- Commercial: Safe Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) always required
Transport Canada has produced some useful documents to help you determine if you require to apply for a safe flight operations certificate. Anyone that is, or is planning on, piloting an unmanned aerial vehicle needs to check the regulations set forth by Transport Canada to determine whether or not they require a SFOC.