One of the terms that you might hear on occasion is “blanket SFOCs”, and you may be wondering just what this is. In the past, these were essentially long-term certificates that gave the operator the power to perform a number of operations over a long period. This meant that they did not have to keep reapplying for each job and operation that came up.
The new process has something similar, but it goes by a different name. Currently, they are called Standing SFOCs. They are good for up to three years for compliant operators, and up to a year for all others. According to Transport Canada, ...
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.
In this article, we’ll be looking at the different types of applications for SFOCs, so you can get a better idea of which one is the best option for you. Currently, TC has four different types of applications. They include Compliant Operator Application, Restricted Operator Application (complex), Restricted Operator Application (simple), and Restricted Operator Application (MAAC/AMA).
Compliant Operator Application
This is the most complex application. It’s the one that TC prefers applicants to use because it offers more flexibility in operations and can be issued for a longer period of time. However, it can take time to complete all of the needed parts of the document, and you need to provide a wealth of information to TC in order to get the SFOC.
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?
How often do you hear about people getting in trouble because they don’t have an SFOC?
Chances are you don’t hear much about it at all. This leads some people to believe that they don’t need to get an SFOC because the chance of getting caught for operating without one is so low.
However, looking just a little deeper will show you that this is a terrible idea! Canada is cracking down on offenders and issuing fines.
Consider what this could do to your business? Fines and building a bad reputation in the industry as someone who does not take regulations seriously can cause your business to crash and burn even before it has a chance to take off.