Since the year 2010, Transport Canada has examinedmore than 50 incidents involving unmanned aerial vehicles In Canada. In May of 2016, fighter jets were sent to the Ottawa airport after planes noticed a drone flying too close to the runway. Just weeks later a similar casehappened in Winnipeg when a drone was seen flying just 25 m from a landing plane. In Quebec, a ladygot injured when a drone flying overhead fell out of the sky and struck her. Similarly in December 2015, a drone was seen flying over a prison, meant to drop a handgun to an inmate.
In order to control drone flying operations in the region, Transport Canada has laid down a set of initial regulations drone operators must adhere to. If they don’t follow the rules, it can cost users up to ,000 in fines and/or jail term, not to mention putting lives at risk. These regulations are really a bit complex, and if you’re starting a drone company, it is recommendedto consult with a professional. To give you some guidelines, below is an overview of some of the regulations that apply to those flying drones for commercial purpose.
Under the SFOC exception, if you meet certain criteria, you do not need a Special Operations Flight Certificate (SFOC) from Transport Canada:
The SFOC Exemption applies if the following main criteria apply (though this list is not exhaustive)
Under this exemption, the following rules apply to you and your operation:
Therefore, next time you go for UAV training in Canada, make sure to check the guidelines that the training institute must follow.