How can I Fly a Drone as a Foreign Pilot?

How can I Fly a Drone as a Foreign Pilot?

Travel will happen again! What do I need to know if I want to bring my drone to Canada?

NOTE: These rules apply to drones weighing 250g to 25kg! Micro Drones are exempt from registration or pilot certification in Canada! If your domestic country requires a certificate to fly Micro Drones, it’s probably a good idea to carry it, and still write your phone number on the Drone in case you lose it!

What to do to apply as a foreign operator in Canada:

– Write either the Basic or Advanced RPAS Exam
– Apply for an SFOC, obtain an ATS number
– Conduct your Flight Review (if Advanced)
– Obtain approval from NAV Canada (if Advanced)
– Fly Safe!

0:00 Intro
0:18 Foreign Pilot?
0:34 What is a Foreign Operator?
0:45 What do I do?
0:51 Bad jokes
0:59 Sale!
1:15 Step 1
1:42 Step 2
1:57 Step 3
2:14 Step 3.5
2:21 Step 4?
2:47 That’s It!
2:57 Alright!

Transport Canada Drone Management Portal –

Transport Canada SFOC Information Page –

Basic Pilot Certificate –

Advanced Pilot Certificate –

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  1. Michael57 on May 14, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    So there is a lot of discussion on some pages about the do’s-and-dont’s of flying in/over National Parks, could you please make a video on park rules to inform others thank you … This person is adamant about the fact you can fly over N/Parks here is part of what he is saying….. Except that rule comes from the RAC-Rules of the Air and Air Traffic Services, 1.14.5 ‘To preserve the natural environment of parks, reserves, and refuges and to minimize the disturbance to the natural habitat, overflights should not be conducted below 2 000 feet AGL’…/files/migrated/aim_2020_1_e_rac.pdf
    The same document tells us a lot about minimum altitudes everywhere especially from subpart 602 of the CARs (like 602.14-15) but nowhere is there 602.01 ‘This Subpart does not apply in respect of remotely piloted aircraft.’ that is in the RAC. In fact, the term ‘aircraft’ is used 1568 times, while there is 0 mention of anything related to RPAS.
    Therefore, we can either the document is not to be respected by RPAS pilots, otherwise, no RPAS pilot would fly ever again with both a 400ft max altitude and 1000ft min altitude, and I quote ‘for an aircraft other than an airplane or a balloon, 1,000 feet above the highest obstacle located within a horizontal distance of 500 feet from the aircraft [in a built-up area]’ and ‘at a distance less than 500 feet from any person, vessel, vehicle or structure [otherwise].’

  2. MG official music on May 14, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    I am on work permit and I have gotten basic dron pilot certificate. Could you fild my SFOC foram?

  3. Kurt Jurgen on May 14, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    I always wonder this when leaving Canada You should make a video for that too!

  4. Lauren Donauer on May 14, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Good info BUT,, you should include the info about them bringing a sub 250 drone.

  5. Scott Ashby - Sky Lens Studios on May 14, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Great video Ian! Informative and really well presented. Keep up the good work.

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