New Rules For Small Aircraft In Canada
Transport Canada which is similar to the NSTB in the US introduced two new exemptions that make it easier for businesses to fly small unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) safely and legally. A Special Flight Operations Certificate will no longer be required for certain operations involving very small aircraft under 2 kg or 4.4 pounds and aircraft between 2 kg or 4.4. pounds and 25 kg or 55 pounds. To qualify, operators must check the website http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/general-recavi-uav-2265.htm.
- Canada has had safety regulations that govern the use of UAVs since 1996′
- Operators that use UAVs over 25 kg (55 pounds) for work or research must apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate.
- Flying without a Special Flight Operations Certificate when required can cause fines of up to $5,000 for an individual and $25,000 for a company.