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.
Those who are just getting started in the field of UAVs and who want to take their hobby and turn it into a business often find the landscape to be quite confusing. They realize they need to know and understand the different rules and regulations, but they do not know where to begin. This article will provide you with the knowledge you need in a fast and simple to read guide.
What Makes a UAV Great for Business?
Understanding the process for applying for an SFOC can be quite confusing, especially given some of the new rules and exemptions. In this series of articles, we’ll be looking at the different parts of the process and what you need to know and do on your way to getting an SFOC.
One of the benefits about the new rules and regulations is that they are streamlining the process. This is making it faster and easier for businesses in Canada to start using UAVs.
There is still some confusion though, so we’ll try to clear that up in these posts.
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?