Commercial Drone Flying in Canada: What certification do I need?

Let’s explore the question of what level of RPAS/drone pilot certification is required in Canada in order to drone commercially.

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29 Comments

  1. Timothy Gordon on October 5, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Another brilliant, informative video. Don, I’m flying my DJI Mavic Mini legally and safely to make a reasonable income, shooting real estate, adventure weddings/elopement video, promotional videos for brands.

  2. timelesstruths on October 5, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Great post Don, its important information to know in these trouble times. I am still going to take the Advanced test later this Year. Thanks Again.

  3. Pinetree Line Productions on October 5, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Awesome information Don! Thanks brother!

  4. Bob Rochon on October 5, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Thanks Don. You just validated my understanding of the current rules. Love your videos!

  5. Dmitry M on October 5, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    I like yours videos, but it is sad that your channel does’t show the likes number.

  6. Shot In The Dark on October 5, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to make that video.

  7. MacTheKnife on October 5, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks Don!

  8. Scott Gregor on October 5, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    I recently got a mavic 2 pro and was wondering if I could use my basic certificate for commercial use. Thanks for this! I’ll probly still get the advanced at some point.

  9. Sean Joynt on October 5, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks, Don! That was very helpful 👍

  10. HowToGuy on October 5, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Nice Don.. Are you using the Insta 360 there.. Or the new one? The R

  11. Dave Stredulinsky on October 5, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Morning Don. Not that I am planning to fly commercially but good to know incase I get asked at some stage. Thanks for the humour at the end of your video also. Take care my friend.

  12. Dave Nunez on October 5, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    I’m a photographer and have been working for a yacht broker quite a bit recently due to the pandemic; they love the aerial shots taken with the Mavic Mini but I’m sometimes working in marinas that fall within seaplane aerodromes or heliports. Would it be safe to assume that I am okay to fly in those zones with a sub 250g drone as long as I’m staying fairly low (~20m) and keeping an eye out for aircraft (ie, not endangering aviation safety)?

  13. Osprey Cove Productions on October 5, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Love the bloopers!!!

  14. Derek Cox on October 5, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    I think a lot of people get confused with faa and transport Canada differences. Lots of forum and YouTube content refers to faa regulations while not specifically saying that. so if you’re a new Canadian droner or even not new,you might either think you know the regs, or not bother to look it up since YouTube is always the best place for facts! 😉 thanks for another good one! Facts matter👍

  15. HouSSeM Zouaghi on October 5, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    This is clear answer of my question thanks a lot

  16. Jeremy of New Scotland on October 5, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks for the information Don, many people will find this useful!👍🏻

  17. Ken W on October 5, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Right on thanks Don. Ya I was wondering about that and you answered the questions. So I subscribed awhile ago because….
    – I’m Canadian (Northern Alberta)
    – I’m a drone pilot (basic)
    – I love photography (hundreds of 35mm negatives)
    – And……I’ve range tested my mini…..in a remote area of course.
    So thanks a bunch for keeping us all safe and I look forward to your updates.
    And I’m an old fart too 🤣🤣

  18. soah69 on October 5, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    How did you take this video. Looks like a follow me mode or someone holding a phone. If it’s with a drone, how did you do the audio?

  19. Scuba Travel and Adventure on October 5, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    As always informative video, oh and You are one of few youtubers that actually always replay to viewers that have questions, thank you for that.

  20. Mahdi Hosseininia on October 5, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Dear Don, but for flying commercially, the pilot needs a liability insurance no?

  21. Above And Beyond Drones on October 5, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    I see some BVLOS in your Country – Good News, maybe we’ll wake up over here. We American boys watch your videos too, good information for all to know.

  22. Lowellton on October 5, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Again mr. information aka don says it clear. Thanks

  23. Yura Fresh on October 5, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks for your video. Is it enough to have a basic license to make real estate videos?

  24. GETTING OFF THE COUCH on October 5, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you
    It took a while to find this answer for Canada.
    You do a great job

  25. Jma. 82 on October 5, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Great video 👏

  26. Aerosnapper on October 5, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Don – nice countryside – are you channeling Alan Yu ? Helpful video

  27. D Squared on October 5, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Fly in BC Don, there won’t be as many sirens. Question: if you had to rate the top 3 money-making drone "niches", what would they be and why?

  28. Shelby Holmes on October 5, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    I’ll watch the video tmrw but I’m writing this so I don’t forget, do drone pilots using a SUB-250 gram drone need a drone pilot license?

  29. CeCe Wang on October 5, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Simple and easy to understand. Thank you Don!

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