Commercial Drone Flight in Canada
Canadian Government and Transport Canada Regulations
2020 Drone Vision is fully compliant to all government regulations. We follow Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs); our pilots are trained and certified RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) operators who all have Transport Canada’s Advanced Operations Pilot Certificates and have completed in person Flight Reviews. 2020 Drone Vision carries $5 million in property and liability insurance (Parks Canada requirement); and will fulfill all necessary requirements and paperwork with governing bodies and stakeholders.
Transport Canada has divided the country into five different regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies and the North, and the Pacific – each with its own regional representative who handles the applications. Therefore, which regional office a submission is made to depends completely on where in Canada the filming is to take place. If a shoot is spread throughout the country, approvals must be acquired from each regional office independently.
2020 DRONE VISION will complete all approvals including those from NAV Canada and any other governing bodies to make sure any shooting and flying is accomplished legally.
The While all our pilots have “Advanced Operators Certificates” from Transport Canada, any flights still require location and flight plan details to be sent in writing to Transport Canada before the operation.
While all of this allows us to work more efficiently for our clients, it does still come with a few conditions which must be met.
- No night time flying – All flights must be conducted between ‘civil dawn’ and ‘civil dusk’
- A safety perimeter of 100′ horizontal radius must be maintained between the aircraft and any persons not involved with the operation (public). As the flight path grows, so too does the safety perimeter. This perimeter includes public roads. If flying within the vicinity of public roads, road closures may also need to be in effect.
- A person must be designated as a safety spotter while the drone is in flight.
This is not to say that a night time flight is impossible. If your project has special needs outside these parameters, additional permitting would need to be applied for with Transport Canada.
For more information on RPAS rules and regulations, please visit Transport Canada website at https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/drone-safety/flying-drone-safely-legally.html