Canada Drone Laws | For Non Canadians

Everything you need to know about Canada Drone Laws | For Non Canadians

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  1. Black Birdie Golf on June 22, 2020 at 7:17 am

    What is the likely-hood of being caught flying your drone for 15 to 20 mins? I flew mines on the vegas strip and nothing happened. Your not suppose to fly it there.

  2. Adrian Mateo Drones on June 22, 2020 at 7:20 am

    Wow great and amazing video Jeff. I really appreciate all the information, updates rules in Canada. Thanks for sharing this great video with us. Thanks sooo much. I really appreciate all the love and support.
    Thanks for all you do and please keep flying.

  3. Jeff Greene on June 22, 2020 at 7:20 am

    Let me know in the comments if you have any tips for getting an SFOC approved to fly in Canada.
    ***Update: 8 hours after posting this video, I DID receive a response back from Transport Canada “RPAS – Centre of Excellence".***

    Basically asking if I wanted to cancel my request or postpone my drone flight for another date. If I need to postpone for another date in the future I need to re-submit my SFOC request form (with new dates), AND provide all of the additional required info in the attached checklist. I’ve copy/paste below the additional info being requested:

    1. Completed, properly filled out and signed.
    B – General Requirements for Basic and Advanced Operations.
    2. Provide copy of a valid Passport (of the persons detailed on the SFOC application form).
    3. Provide proof of completion of TP15263 training from a self-declared Canadian training provider
    4. Provide proof of registration from the originating Civil Aviation Authority or confirmation the RPAS is not registered internationally.
    5. Confirmation that CARs 900.06 and 901.01 – 901.59 have been read, reviewed, and are understood.
    6. As per 903.02 (f), confirm the RPAS has not been modified from the manufacturer original design. If not or if the RPA is ‘Home-Built’, provide the manufacturer and model of the system, including three-view drawings or photographs of the aircraft and a complete description of the aircraft, including performance, operating limitations and equipment.
    7. As per 903.02 (g), confirm the Site Survey/Safety Plan process is in place and will be completed prior to each flight, as specified in 901.27.
    8. As per 903.02 (h), confirm there is an emergency contingency plan in place, an emergency response plan, etc.
    9. As per 903.02 (i) and (n), confirm there are normal and emergency procedures in place as per 901.23.
    10. As per 903.02 (j), provide names, certificates, licenses, permits and qualifications of additional crew members, if applicable.
    11. AS per 903.02 (k), confirm RPAS maintenance and serviceability will be as per 901.29 and 901.48(1)(b).
    12. As per 903.02 (l), confirm the RPAS will be operated in weather conditions that are in accordance to 901.34.
    13. As per 903.02 (m), confirm the RPAS will be operated with regard to separation and collision avoidance as per 901.15, 901.16, 901.17, and 901.18.

  4. Pilot Pete Jet Fly on June 22, 2020 at 7:21 am

    Great videos including this one👍🏻 I’m a resident of Canada and currently a basic drone pilot certificate holder and let me tell you nothing about the process was easy. I am going to be completing my Advanced certification shortly which includes a flight test. Have not yet requested a SFOC for anything as of yet but if I do I will let you know how it goes. Keep up the great work!

  5. TNA2Me on June 22, 2020 at 7:23 am

    A LOT of Canadians have started selling their drones and even giving them away because of the ridiculous regulations that they are putting in place. It’s going the wrong direction up there right now. Hopefully the US doesn’t follow suit.

  6. Sylvain Laméricain on June 22, 2020 at 7:25 am

    Hello Jeff always fun to watch your video. I’m Canadian I have just passed the exam it was rough a little stupid with question on aviation. I have made a video to laugh of this situation.

  7. wizbang99 on June 22, 2020 at 7:25 am

    Good Morning &Thank You Jeff.
    Have a week long fishing trip in North Canada 🇨🇦 coming up in a month. To YELLOW KNIFE.
    Hopeing to fly 🦅🦅🦅 🎥
    the beautiful area.
    Have 107 & up to date with US Rules. Thanks Have to start working on this ASAP. THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP 👍

  8. Sky1 on June 22, 2020 at 7:29 am

    If you have a FAA register drone for the United States why would you need to do anything for another country that doesn’t even make sense if you are a pilot flying A real plane registered in the US it’s not like you’re going to go register your plane and every country you going to visit right?

  9. Kenneth Halley on June 22, 2020 at 7:29 am

    Interesting, worth keeping in mind. By the way try buying a simple freshwater fishing licence as a foreign visitor in Virginia. Life is too short, an exercise in futility.

  10. BWoodPhotography on June 22, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Very informative. Thanks for sharing what you learned.

  11. Russell Armani on June 22, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Shame on Canadian government and mocking drone laws. They are simply making fun of us, especially with log books, maintenance requirements, etc. I understand there should be rules that make sense and these rules were in place and people followed them. But these new rules – come on……. total disrespect to hobbyists loving to fly their little drones.

  12. Don Joyce on June 22, 2020 at 7:37 am

    Hey Jeff, let me know if you ever do hear back on your SFOC. Many people have asked me how to do exactly what you have done, and I have yet to hear whether anyone has received approval or not, or how long it really took. Thanks in advance. Hope you enjoy your visit, drone or not.

  13. Eugen Brinzoiu on June 22, 2020 at 7:40 am

    You don’t want to take the exam.
    It’s absolutely crazy what kind of knowledge you need.
    It’s almost nothing related to drones.
    Tough exam……and I think the rules are exaggerated.
    You can’t fly anywhere

  14. Pinterest Business Girl on June 22, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Super interesting video, I didn’t realize there are so many hoops to jump through just to film from/fly a drone!

  15. Richard C on June 22, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Good video. Wow, what a bureaucracy! Glad I am not Canadian…example of government out of control.

  16. LinoPR 2016 on June 22, 2020 at 7:45 am

    What a shame, it’s probably coming to USA, and when it does I’m done with the hobby

  17. timdks on June 22, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Gosh Jeff Greene, it’s hard to believe that Canada, our "neighbor" to the north, doesn’t appear to like drones in their country. Why is that? Anyway, it appears that you’ve thrown down the gauntlet, so even though I’m not planning on going to Canada soon where it would be great to take out my drone and fly it without breaking any of their rules, or for that matter, any USA laws, this paperwork thing appears to be a challenge. I’ll keep you posted on the results. Might even take a look at what it takes to fly a drone in Canada if you are a Canadian citizen. Bet Don Joyce has some stories about that subject?

  18. Ralph Ervin on June 22, 2020 at 7:49 am

    Very informative! I love visiting Canada and definitely don’t want to violate any laws. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Zombie Hunter on June 22, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Canadian Gov sucks. If you have a license from your own country that license should be valid here same as your drivers license. What are the rules for us Canadians to fly in the USA?

  20. Stan Cook on June 22, 2020 at 7:52 am

    All I can say is that is very sad. I have heard that Canadians have similar problems flying in their own country. Hopefully, it will change when smart brains get involved.

  21. Don Joyce on June 22, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Sadly, you are correct and followed the correct process. The guidelines state 30 working days in advance for an SFOC….that’s 6 human weeks! I’m a Canadian and know the Canadian drone regulations inside out. I have many instructional videos on my channel.

  22. Epic Real Estate Investing on June 22, 2020 at 7:58 am

    I’ll keep this in mind for when I visit Canada. How long did it take to get the license?

  23. Ririlan on June 22, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Any respond so far? 🙂

  24. SkyMotion Aerial Photography on June 22, 2020 at 8:09 am

    I am a Transport Canada advanced pilot and I own an aerial media company in Alberta, Canada. I fill out the SFOC’s on a regular basis. The longest I have waited for approval is 2 days. This being said, I really wish Canada would get with the times and have the LAANC system or something like it for approval to fly. We really are behind the USA when it comes to our drone laws. I flew my drone in the USA recently on a vacation, and all I had to do to fly was register my drone, and that was it. Super simple! Sorry you had such an issue in Canada.

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