As you may or may not be aware, there are no “true” applications when it comes to applying for an SFOC. Those who need the certificate need to create their own document and send it to Transport Canada in the hopes of getting their SFOC. This can be extraordinarily confusing for many people who are just now trying to get their certificate and who have no idea of what they need to include. In this article, we’ll let you know the basics of what you will need to include in an application.
What Should You Include?
First of all, it's important to remember that Transport Canada is looking for you as an operator to convince them that you are able to conduct safe UAV operations - safe for the public and for Canadian airspace.
So all applications will be unique to the operator.
The application needs to have the name, contact details, and experience of the operator, as well as a full description of the operation. It also needs to include the dates and times of the operation, as well as the flight location. Make sure you include a description of the drone as well as the flight system and other ancillary systems and equipment you will be using. Be sure to include information about all of the personnel who will be part of the operation, including their roles and their experience. Include a description of the emergency procedures, and always make sure you have information included about your insurance. You will not be able to get an SFOC unless you have the required insurance.
This is just a general sample of the items required for the application - please verify the full requirements on the Transport Canada website. Include as much information as needed to make the application as clear as possible. There is no specific order in which you need to provide the above material, but try to make it as easy as you can to understand.