Airspace and Aerodromes for Canadian Drone Pilots

Understanding and being able to assess a drone operation’s airspace and proximity to aerodromes is CRUCIAL to flying safely and legally in Canada. This video details the elements of airspace and aerodromes that apply to drone (RPAS) flights, how to identify them, and the impact on Basic and Advanced RPAS flights. If you are a drone pilot in Canada, you MUST watch this video.

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This video supersedes my “Aerodromes Explained” video published in March 2019.

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  1. Aerosnapper on October 16, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Very clear summary of the various (confusing ?) situations. It’s been my impression in dealing with the very helpful RPAS approval authorities that they usually clear flights with the relevant ATC office / facility. Good to be reminded of the need to ensure that this is the case. Incidentally, I have also found that the managers of Restricted Airspace usually respond positively to a polite, detailed request for permission…

  2. Jamie on October 16, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Very understanding thankyou

  3. Phantom HodgesDrone on October 16, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Don, you are the best at this

  4. HowToGuy on October 16, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Nice video.. There is alot of work putting this all together.. Including moving that pointing finger all the time

  5. Bob Rochon on October 16, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Great video and, as always, informative. While viewing the video, I kept wondering if the operation of sub-250 drones applies near all aerodromes. You touched on their operation in Class F airspace. I have both a greater than 250 g drone and a less than 250 g, but do not plan to operate either in restricted airspace. I have seen comments in some groups that some feel they can because they only have to adhere to Section 900.06 in the CARs.

  6. Claude Regnier on October 16, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Nice work & well done

  7. Cameron Bullock on October 16, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    As always very informative, keep it up. Always good to review these topics.

  8. Derrick Thomas on October 16, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you for sharing your great knowledge Don. I’m watching all your videos in hopes they will help me pass my Basic Exam. I’ve also subscribed to your channel. How long did it take you to understand these acronyms? My mind is blown!

  9. ALY Ptm on October 16, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    New friend here, very nice video and good conntent too , i subscribed your channel , stay connect , see you soon cheers 👍👍

  10. RODPIKER DRONES UK on October 16, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    great video and information Don well done and put together cheers

  11. Dave Stredulinsky on October 16, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Great to have a review of this Don. You do a great job presenting the information clearly. Also great to have the information displayed in the Drone Pilot Canada app. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Muhammad Raza on October 16, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    This topic always confused me. Thank you for simplifying it.

  13. Ryan Lowrie on October 16, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Great info, thanks for doing these videos. Windsor ON was a good example as I live near this area. Are real estate agents in Windsor or Toronto really calling the airport for every photo shoot?

  14. Parkway Production on October 16, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Awesomely done Don.

  15. Sandro Paquette on October 16, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Super job, always a pleasure to look and listen your video.

  16. Daniel Mark LeBlanc on October 16, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you once again for refreshing all of us on the sometimes very confusing regulations. Well done Mr. Joyce!

  17. Barry MacDonald on October 16, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Very informative and clear.

  18. timelesstruths on October 16, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Great post and the Drone Pilot App is an Excellent and Essential resource.

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  20. Pinetree Line Productions on October 16, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Appreciate all the work you put into these incredibly informative videos Don! Thanks brother!

  21. Rama Fortunema on October 16, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Nice information.. Perfect dude.. Greetings from indonesian. Stay connected

  22. Patrick Conlon on October 16, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    great in front of camera…….i must say keep it up…..and so knowledgeable

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