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The lengthy story featured in the Gazette contains background information as well as the full wording of the new and amended regulations. Transport Canada has taken a risk based approach to developing these new rules which follow a simple formula: light UAS and simple operation yield fewer rules while heavier UAS with complex operations require more rules without the need, in most cases, for TC approval in the form of a SFOC. Operating requirements that do not fall within the clearly defined proposed rules may still be undertaken with approval via a mini SFOC process to approve the specific operating condition or limitation change.


Sep 28, 2017, 11:00


Sep 28, 2017, 12:00



New Rules

The proposed rules significantly reduce the requirement for SFOCs (Special Flight Operations Certificates). This is significant as it will allow operators who meet and comply with clearly defined rules to operate freely without first obtaining permission from Transport Canada. This will free up Transport Canada personnel previously bogged down reviewing SFOC applications, to focus on other duties, including oversight and inspection of UAV operators.


To review the highlights of the proposed rules ahead of the deadline for comments.


  • What are the general provisions?
  • Rules for small drone operations
  • Rules for limited operations (rural)
  • Rules for complex operations (urban)
  • Conclusion
  • Q&A