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UAV Flight Planning and NOTAMs

Flight Planning Regulations Transport Canada UAV

When you are operating a UAV, it is necessary to know and understand everything possible about the airspace around you. This is important for the safety of those in the area and those in the air, as well as safety for property and the aircraft. Additionally, it is a part of the SFOC requirements to know what airspace you are flying in, and having a plan for avoiding other aircraft in that airspace. Many times, you will need to file a NOTAM as well.

A NOTAM, also known as a Notice to Airmen, is simply a document filed with the aviation authority. This alerts pilots about any potential hazards they may have along their flight route. When you are operating a UAV in certain areas, this could certainly be the case. By issuing the NOTAM, it ensures the pilots know that you are in the area and that you are flying a drone. You also need to make sure that you provide plenty of details in the notice, including the exact location and time of the flight, contingencies, and alternate times for flight if the weather or some other unforeseen circumstance delays the initial flight. This includes providing the latitude and longitude.

When you are creating your flight plan, the best option is an aviation chart. However, if you don’t have a physical chart that you can use when planning the operation, you can always use online resources to provide you with the information you need. You can learn more about the NOTAMs in place in your region by visiting NAV Canada.

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