Canadian Drone Registration and Exam Process

Now for something completely different from the content we normally bring to the channel. Today I decided to go through the process of registering my DJI Mavic Pro with Transport Canada and take the Basic Operations certification exam. The new drone regulations come into effect on June 1, 2019 and it’s time to get prepared so we can stay legal and responsible. Watch and see my impressions of the process and the exam and what advice I have to offer to Transport Canada to make things more relevant.


  1. on December 10, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Dan,
    Just want you and everyone to know that I have just modified DJI Spark under 248.5g. The implications to this is huge! Here is the link:

  2. reelflyt on December 10, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Hi. The new drone regulations are not a money grab at $10 a test and $5 a drone registry . There are simply not enough people in Canada flying drones to make it profitable for the government . It is more designed to make Drone Pilots aware of the rules and responsibility to them. The law in Canada for aviation of any kind is clear and succinct . It is no different then writing the boating license or going for your PAL . You must know more then you think is necessary because there is always some one out there that will take advantage of you and your wallet . Our aviation regulations are simply put " If it flies and has a motor or motors then it must be regulated . " This is the Law .

  3. John B on December 10, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Are these the rules that Garneau came up with while he is sleeping in the house of commons? These commies have to take the fun out of everything.

  4. MoparMania on December 10, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    I’m glad you pass after all, according the government regulations you can fly your drone anywhere in the moon. Anyway great info, subbed

  5. Brian Alfaro on December 10, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Hi bro!! A temporary resident can apply for the exam and have everything in order to carry a drone of 1 kg? It would be for only recreational use nothing commercial. I go with a work permit for one year to Canada and I want to take my drone

  6. eli imperio on December 10, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    Great job…good message to Marc…

  7. ns90 on December 10, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you. Transport Canada is bonkers.

  8. eli imperio on December 10, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    95% I fly my drone is USA, here in Canada not much to see….

  9. Mike Samson on December 10, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    66 yrs old This is to much for me anyone want p4 for sale

  10. Y Lou on December 10, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Hi ,once the last question is answered, if there is time, can we go back to revising our answers or to change an answer that we believe is incorrect?

  11. Y Lou on December 10, 2020 at 10:07 pm
  12. Mar ios on December 10, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    I live in Canada for 7 years now and I am a real pilot as well. I own and fly a DJ Mavic Air every where I am going to take photos but I am from Germany and I am not allowed to fly legally here in Canada anymore. My drone is registered in several different countries with different laws. I have a German, US and Canadian pilot license -IFR-rated- and probably know more about air law and flying in controlled air space then most of all drone pilots but I am not allowed to fly a drone in Canada. That is really BS!

  13. Stephane f on December 10, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Awesome video thank you for sharing some of those questions are so ridiculous but again it’s our government did I expect anything else money grab money grab money grab

  14. sunny Dayys on December 10, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    i appecaite you explaining the test . as i think it is a money grab , as i think marc should have to redo his drivers licence, as i dont sleep at night because of this . ,i see people his age . agr driving very careless and that is a fact , also , any people in positions of power, should not be drinking even if pencil pushers, and all should be tested random by third party as seems the power peopl cannot be trusted , so 12 hour with alcohol, or drugs or tired, should not be driving car . , this . is wrong as people in med community do not follow these rules . as i dont sleep at night because hear old people driving after there meetings , or it must be drones . ,, with all the other issues . you would be looking at that , planes falling out of sky , then cannot find them really . with the tech we have, or dont, seems . the news is what we are allowed to know and what they want use to know . as next vote will want are buddy out

  15. Jay Weber on December 10, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks Man!!

  16. RC Owego on December 10, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks so much for you comments here. As a US Citizen who owns property and spends much time (and $) in Canada , I can’t believe the government has pretty much ban me from flying my drone in Canada. This doesn’t promote tourism. I’m not sure who Garneau is…but after reading the comments below, I don’t like the guy! I really hope the Powers up there get this craziness fixed soon, it’s such government overreach.

  17. David Ferguson on December 10, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    I tried to register my Drone on the website it wont let me .I winter in Florida and I bought my drone from amazon while in mine doesn’t start with a C- any advice

  18. Al Bonnenfant on December 10, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Awesome job!

  19. Donald Round on December 10, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Canada always behind the times. get garneau to wake up and move into the real world.

  20. DianneCanada on December 10, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    I just did the Basic test today. I decided to try it ‘cold’ to see where my knowledge is lacking. I am a Private Pilot, non-current, and did a drone ground school 2 years ago. It took about 20 minutes to complete the exam and I was astounded at how many question seemed more suited to a Private Pilot’s test (and higher) than to drones! I passed but if I didn’t have a background I certainly wouldn’t have! This does not seem like it was designed to turn out competent drone pilots and will probably drive most potential drone pilots away.

  21. Don Joyce on December 10, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    Hey Dan, thanks for sharing your experience. I also passed a few weeks ago and put together a Study Guide to help others get through this. I am also working on a series of training videos to go through all the regulations and interpret them in regular language…that will be coming out soon. Here’s the Study Guide video: (and i’ve subbed your channel)

  22. MAD GRUMPYMAN on December 10, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    WE are required to "fly legally" what ever that means, while PUKES supposedly govern illegally? I DON’T THINK SO! The rotten absolutely ridiculous LONG GUN REGISTRY was abolished, YET THEY WANT ME TO REGISTER MY TOY, OR I AM BREAKING SOME LAW? WTF!!! WHAT KIND OF INSANITY IS THIS? Is softball legislated all to hell? How about skate boards, maybe they should all be registered "in the interest of public safety"of course? If throwing rocks suddenly becomes popular in our society, WILL ROCKS BECOME LEGISLATED ALL TO HELL?
    I would gladly and already try to follow some common sense guidelines BASED ON REAL, SOUND EVIDENCE, AND STATISTICS, I am not however going to obey legislation scripted by IDIOTS, that is unfair, unnecessarily restrictive, TRYANNICAL! I live in the middle of nowhere! That it is even considered that I should follow the same over the top regulations, that someone in a dense urban locality must is INSANITY right from the start!
    I am going to fly my toys on private property, with permission, well below 400ft, using common sense around people, vehicles, animals. I am NOT going to be blanket restricted and punished, or endorsed by IDIOTS claiming some irrelevant bunch of questions qualifies me as fit to perform model flight! Where I am, I am lucky if I see three private planes a YEAR?
    It is all so utterly, ridiculous! The kind of LUNACY we have come to expect from our Canadian "government". If you SUBMIT TO THIS TYRANNY, NEXT THEY WILL LEGISLATE YOUR ABILITY TO WALK OUTDOORS ON A CLOUDY DAY DUE TO THE DANGERS OF LIGHTING STRIKES! All this regulation is based on hysteria, the absolute worst case scenario, likely 10,000,000 to 1 odds, ignorance, and paranoia, and WE AS CITIZENS, NEVER MIND HOBBYISTS SHOULD FIERCELY REJECT THIS NONSENSE!
    I don’t think this is about public safety at all. I think it is about corrupt politicians appeasing corporations that fund/bribe them, who want the airspace for their interests, or it is simply appeasing public hysteria and ignorance, NEITHER ARE A BASIS FOR SOUND, JUST, SENSIBLE LEGISLATION! I am responsible, and when the insane are running the asylum, "legal" means nothing.

  23. Sudburydrone on December 10, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    great about people being educated.  almost everyone who I see or talk to say the same thing … spying … love showing them the screen  ok where is your house

  24. Charles Vella on December 10, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Thank you for your video, nicely done. I’m on the same page like. I’ve been a flyer (Pilot) of RC Model since 2003. I have seen stupidity from any level of experience. Now, I’m downsizing and at present I have a DJI PHANTOM 3 AND DJI MAVIC PRO Platinum. Transport Canada or should I say the Liberal Government are nickel and diming the public An RC pilot needs to know the basic of Aerodynamics . Transport Canada should come up with some kind of a Manual of what a Drone Pilot needs to know. Not many Drone operators can afford the flight school fees. But there’s nothing new about this country, always want to make it more difficult and different than the FAA. I belong to MAAC (Model Aeronautics Association Of Canada) and also belong to a Model Flying Club. A recreational Drone pilot need to know only the basic rules of safe flying. The astronaut stuff and some other that you mentioned are irrelevant to Drone Flying. I will not comment about Garneau, we all know what he’s all about. I will register my drones, the two that I purchased and the two that I built myself. Thank you.

  25. KSmack Volleyball on December 10, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    I’ll make this short & sweet.
    I’ve never owned a drone, but my plan was to eventually buy one to use as a camera platform.
    However, the pure hassle of owing a drone, which is technically a toy, has gone beyond anything I want to put up with.
    I don’t want the hassle, so I don’t plan to buy a quadcopter anymore, end of problem, end of story.

  26. BlowUpDaChr0n on December 10, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    just think about it … a 14yr can take the test .. we are flying drones not f1

  27. ssylca on December 10, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    congrats, nice informative video, thanks

  28. Captain Midnight on December 10, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Great 👍 video, and I love the rant ! And your license has to be updated every two years ? Money 💰 grab !

  29. tony de on December 10, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you. Agree with you 100%

  30. Ririlan on December 10, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Watching you was Hilarious. my turn to take the test. 🙂
    And you are right on with the advice to Transport Canada. 2 thumbs up

    And lastly, if you want more relevant questions, you will have fewer question. So paying 10$ for maybe 15 questions would look bad.!!!

  31. Pedram Rashidi on December 10, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Basic Drone Exam:

    Are questions in random or in 8-section and you know which question is for which section?:

    Section 1: air law, air traffic rules and procedures
    Section 2: RPAS airframes, power plants, propulsion and systems
    Section 3: Human factors
    Section 4: Meteorology
    Section 5: Navigation
    Section 6: Flight operations
    Section 7: Theory of flight
    Section 8: Radiotelephony

  32. Frank Kolic on December 10, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Congrats, I got mine yesterday. I will hold of on getting my advanced when they have a study guide and they lower the price of the flight test which I heard could be up to $500 and you can’t make a mistake. Getting your driver’s license his cheaper ffs

  33. K. Michael Rademacher on December 10, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Marc Garneau needs to be voted out with his useless boss prime minister Trudeau.

  34. Stewart McBean on December 10, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    You keep saying you were keeping it a legit exam by not using the reference material. However, it is an open book exam and you are perfectly legit by using the reference material.

  35. John B on December 10, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Heaven forbid you get 100% on the test, because if you do they will probably suspect you got the answers from someone else, and disqualify you for life.

  36. John MacNeill on December 10, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    tks for the video. I too passed the basic but flunked the advance got only 50%. If you think the basic had some weird questions wait til you see the advanced. I sort of agree we need to be regulated. i got no problem with being registered but i have three drones. Why not just register me as a drone operator. The whole idea here should be to educate drone pilots so give us a revelant study guide not 10,000 pages of aviation regulations. At 73 my study days and exam writing are way behind me. I am a commercial pilot and a retired Air Traffic Controller so I know lots about taking Aviation exams but this advanced drone pilot exam is ridiculous. We all need to get on Transport Canada’s case and tell them to wise up and try and understand what they want to achieve.

  37. Ben Person on December 10, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    It is nice to watch a video about drone rules that are not made by a Youtube Plant from Marc. Garneau department.
    Canada actually had this moron in the space program. I never thought the drone rules would result in a corrupt way of getting a drone license. The 3 to 4 buddies with laptops on the internet helping you write the test.
    This PURE French Canadian way of scamming the system. Thank God for elections soon in Canada.

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