Got the drone, but how about your permit to fly it?

MAFRD’s Rejean Picard was spreading the word about drones and the required certification for flying them at the recent Crop Diagnostic School.

Farmers flying drones to check their crops or livestock could get their wings clipped by Transport Canada if they don’t have a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC).

“It is Transport Canada policy that UAVs operating in Canada must meet equivalent levels of safety as manned aircraft,” Transport Canada’s website says. “Requirements for the operation of a UAV fall under the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).”

It can take 10 to 20 business days to get a SFOC, said Martin Eley, director general of civil aviation at Transport Canada, in an interview July 11. The process can take longer if the applicant doesn’t clearly explain where and when the proposed flight or flights are to occur. And the operator needs to have liability insurance.

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6 Comments

  1. Jim Cadle

    While a bit off this subject matter my big problem is getting everything to work properly and keep it working.I fully wanted to use my unit in my farming operation but my unit is far from fail safe.Untill this can be solved I will sit on the side line.
    Sorry I am a farmer not a geek. Thanks Jim

    1. Jim, What type of drone are you using? Is it one you built yourself or was it pre built? I would be very interested in knowing more about how you want to use your drone, what type of drone you have, what type of crop you want to monitor, what type of camera you were planning on using? Maybe we can figure out your problems together?

      Also maybe some readers will benefit from your experience.

      1. Jim Cadle

        We are a row crop farmer with corn and soybeans.I have a Phantom vision II plus.We will be using it for observation of crops,dry dams,river bottom ditch tile outlets.
        My new problem has been linking up my Galaxy 3 with the camera.

      2. Jim,

        I too have a phantom 2 vision plus.

        The Galaxy 3 is a slightly older phone but if you were able to download the app and it runs on the phone then it should be fine. I believe the Galaxy nS3 is listed as a supported phone model.

        I would try the following if you have not already. It is important to repeat all steps in order as listed. When everything is ready to go, you have full charged the quadcopter battery, you have new batteries in the transmitter and the wifi repeater on the transmitter is also fully charged…You are now on site and ready to fly, do the following:

        *make sure the wifi in your phone is OFF. Turn off ALL running apps in the phone.

        1. Power on the transmitter.
        2. Power on the Wifi Repeater.
        3. Power on the Quadcopter.
        4. Wait 15-30 seconds. This will allow the DJI to find GPS satellites. And also allow the wifi repeater and the DJI quadcopter to start “talking” to one another.
        5. Now TURN ON the WIFI in your phone. Your phone WIFI and the DJI should connect.
        6. Provided the Galaxy S3 has synced with the Phantom via Wifi, proceed to the next step
        7. Launch the DJI App. Wait 5-15 seconds for the App to sync with the quadcopter camera
        8. Select the “Camera” option from the app.
        9. You should now see the DJI video.

        I experienced the issue where my wifi repeatedly would not connect and I wondered why. Then I came upon this process.
        I hope this process works for you.

        Jimmy

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