Transport Canada’s New Guidelines for UAV Operation

Transport Canada’s New Infographic(for download)

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UAVs 2 kg or less

• Be safe, well trained and know the rules of the sky
• Be 18 years old, or at least 16 years old to conduct
research under academic supervision
• Have at least $100,000 liability insurance
• Be alert—not tired or under the influence of alcohol
or drugs
• Inspect your UAV and site before flight to ensure
they are safe
• Get permission before you go onto private property
• Inform Air Traffic Services if your UAV enters
controlled airspace
• Give right-of-way to manned aircraft
• Fly during daylight and in good weather
• Keep your aircraft in direct line of sight and always be able
to see it with your own eyes
• Verify that radio frequencies/transmissions won’t affect
control of your UAV
• Have an emergency plan ahead of time
• Carry a copy of your UAV exemption, proof of
liability insurance, contact information, and aircraft
system limitations
• Follow the manufacturer’s operating and emergency
procedures, including those if the remote control loses
contact with the aircraft
• Respect laws from all levels of government
• Operate only one UAV at a time, with a single
remote control
• Immediately stop all operations if you can no longer meet
the exemption requirements or if the safety of a person,
property or other aircraft is at risk
• Stay at least 30 metres away from people, animals,
buildings, structures, and vehicles not involved in
the operation

 

UAVs between 2.1 kg and 25 kg
• Be safe, well trained and know the rules of the sky
• Be 18 years old
• Have at least $100,000 liability insurance
• Be alert—not tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• Inspect your UAV and site before flight to ensure
they are safe
• Get permission before you go onto private property
• Carry a copy of your UAV exemption, proof of liability
insurance, contact information, and UAV system limitations
• Respect laws from all levels of government
• Keep your UAV in direct line of sight and always be able to
see it with your own eyes
• Operate only one UAV at a time, with a single
remote control
• Give right-of-way to manned aircraft
• Fly during daylight and in good weather (no clouds, snow
or icy conditions)
• Create and follow procedures for landing and recovering
your UAV and for contacting emergency responders and air
traffic control.
• Have an emergency plan ahead of time
• Follow the manufacturer’s operating and emergency
procedures, including those if the remote control loses
contact with the aircraft
• Verify that radio frequencies/transmission and eletronic
devices won’t affect control of your UAV
• Assess the risk of losing connection with the UAV and
decide when to use the flight termination setting
• Have a fire extinguisher on site
• Inform Air Traffic Services if your UAV enters
controlled airspace
• Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance/assembly instructions
• Ensure the UAV does not have an emergency
locator transmitter
• Report accidents to Transport Canada and stop operations
until you have addressed the risks
• Immediately stop all operations if you can no longer respect
the exemption requirements or if the safety of a person,
property or other aircraft is at risk
• Stay at least 150 metres away from people, animals,
buildings, structures, and vehicles not involved in
the operation

DO NOT:

Fly closer than 9 km from forest fires, airports,
heliports, aerodromes, or built-up areas
• Fly over military bases, prisons or in controlled or
restricted airspace
• Fly over crowds or higher than 90 metres
• Participate in special aviation events, air shows or
system demonstrations
• Carry dangerous goods or lasers

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