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Making Sense of the UAV Exemptions in Canada

Drone Exemptions Regulations Transport Canada UAV

When Transport Canada announced they would be coming out with exemptions for UAV operators who wanted to fly commercially everyone hoped that it would ease some of the restrictions. However, when the exemptions came to light, they did still contain a fair number of restrictions for the most part - but did make the process easier if you could comply by those restrictions. They released an infographic that contains details on the exemptions for UAVs 2kg or less, and those between 2.1kg and 25kg. We’ll be looking at those exemptions below. They come straight from Transport Canada, which has more detailed explanations of the exemptions on their website.

 2kg and Under

  • Be safe, well trained,and know the rules of the sky.
  • Be 18 years old or at least 16 years old to conduct research under academic supervision.
  • Have at least $100,000 liability insurance.
  • Be alert—not tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Inspect your UAV and site before flight to ensure they are safe.
  • Get permission before you go onto private property.
  • Inform Air Traffic Services if your UAV enters controlled airspace.
  • Give right-of-way to manned aircraft.
  • Fly during daylight and in good weather.
  • Keep your aircraft in direct line of sight and always be able to see it with your own eyes.
  • Verify that radio frequencies/transmissions won’t affect control of your UAV.
  • Have an emergency plan ahead of time.
  • Carry a copy of your UAV exemption, proof of liability insurance, contact information, and aircraft system limitations.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating and emergency procedures, including those if the remote control loses contact with the aircraft.
  • Respect laws from all levels of government.
  • Operate only one UAV at a time, with a single remote control.
  • Immediately stop all operations if you can no longer meet the exemption requirements or if the safety of a person, property or other aircraft is at risk.
  • Stay at least 30 meters away from people, animals, buildings, structures, and vehicles not involved in the operation.

 

2.1kg to 25kg

 

  • Be safe, well trained,and know the rules of the sky.
  • Be 18 years old.
  • Have at least $100,000 liability insurance.
  • Be alert—not tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Inspect your UAV and site before flight to ensure they are safe.
  • Get permission before you go onto private property.
  • Carry a copy of your UAV exemption, proof of liability insurance, contact information, and UAV system limitations.
  • Respect laws from all levels of government.
  • Keep your UAV in direct line of sight and always be able to see it with your own eyes.
  • Operate only one UAV at a time, with a single remote control.
  • Give right-of-way to manned aircraft.
  • Fly during daylight and in good weather (no clouds, snow or icy conditions).
  • Create and follow procedures for landing and recovering your UAV and for contacting emergency responders and air traffic control.
  • Have an emergency plan ahead of time.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating and emergency procedures, including those if the remote control loses contact with the aircraft.
  • Verify that radio frequencies/transmission and electronic devices won’t affect control of your UAV.
  • Assess the risk of losing connection with the UAV and decide when to use the flight termination setting.
  • Have a fire extinguisher on site.
  • Inform Air Traffic Services if your UAV enters controlled airspace.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance/assembly instructions.
  • Ensure the UAV does not have an emergency locator transmitter.
  • Report accidents to Transport Canada and stop operations until you have addressed the risks.
  • Immediately stop all operations if you can no longer respect the exemption requirements or if the safety of a person, property or other aircraft is at risk.
  • Stay at least 150 meters away from people, animals, buildings, structures, and vehicles not involved in the operation


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