Introduction to Canadian Drone Rules Start Here

Introduction to Canadian Drone Rules Start Here

The 2019 Canadian Drone (RPAS) rules (which are still applicable in 2021) are complicated, but this introduction helps to explain the key rules, both for sub-250g drones like the new DJI Mavic Mini and drones over 250g like the Mavic 2 or Phantom series.

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  1. Pinetree Line on June 8, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Great idea to put this informative video together Don! Thanks brother

  2. gadget boi on June 8, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    I got my license here in canada dRones license, please visit my channel about drones

  3. Ahmed Ezzelarab on June 8, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Great video and very useful info

  4. Chris Wickardt on June 8, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Hey Don, Thank you so much for all this work and I can imagine all your work will pay off in many ways! In the app you offer does it show National parks as well or is the map information a repeat of the Drone site selection tool from Transport Canada. If it is a repeat it would be great to be able to overlay the other no-fly areas to make it easy for recreation pilots to easily see the areas and avoid fines and potential accidents. Thanks again

  5. Sizzler B on June 8, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Don. I was wondering if you could make a video with the steps involved from deciding to do a flight to ending the flight with already having the basic and advanced license? A live example of what you do. So for example. I want to fly today or tomorrow in this area. Step 1: Call NC. Step 2: etc. I think this would clear up exactly what someone would need to do to follow the rules. It would also show how much work is involved. Just an idea as for me, going through all the suggested videos, it seems a bit overwhelming with regards to all the work I would need to do just to go fly. I hope this makes sense.

  6. Carlos Amat on June 8, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    you are doing a great service for all drone users in Canada… keep up the excellent work…

  7. CeCe Wang on June 8, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Excellent summary of the rules. Thank you Don.

  8. Marc Lafleur on June 8, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Don, thanks for putting this and other Drone videos together, it is very much appreciated. Along with the Drone Pilot Canada you put together is the Drone Ground School RPAS Pilot app also recommended?

  9. NYEH Real life on June 8, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Great information! now you mentioned that a person has to be a Canadian citizen to apply for a certificate, how about a person who is a Permanent resident of Canada? 🙂

  10. Daniel on June 8, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Good info again. I noticed you mentioned the DJI mini which is just under the weight that you need to get a licence. This is my whole beef with transport Canada. What’s the difference between a drone that weighs 249g and a drone that weighs 430g+? They both do the same thing. And you didn’t mention, you have to renew your certificate in two years. How much is that going to cost. Don’t get me wrong, I agree with the safety issues, I just don’t agree with this exam, especially when most of it doesn’t have anything to do with drones. My opinion, this whole thing with Transport Canada, and drone usage is just a money grab, by the government and all these drone schools popping up all over the country.

  11. Ricardo Martins on June 8, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Hi Don. I am a Permanent Resident in Canada. Can I get my category 1 license?

  12. CGF on June 8, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Hey Don, are there any requirements for me if I want to use my Mavic mini COMMERCIALLY?

  13. DRONING WITH JAMIE on June 8, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Love the poilt drone Canada app don worth buying and understand better now thankyou

  14. Brant Aerials on June 8, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Nice recap Don.

  15. Jeremy of New Scotland on June 8, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Nice simple layout of the rules Don

  16. Chris Wickardt on June 8, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Don Joyce Thank you for the info. I will definitely consider buying your app. The issue for me is that i use both android and ipad to fly depending on the terrain and at $40 for ipad and the same for android equaling $80 + Tax it is a lot for one app. I am sure a lot of work has gone into this app and i really appreciate it but I think for many that could benefit from what it offers it is a high price in my opinion. i would suggest you consider a lower price and making it more accessible and more likely that more will buy the app. I think a lower price means more accessibility, larger number of sales and safer skies for us all. JUST AN OPINION.

  17. Nolan Koop on June 8, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Hey if I buy the basic study guide on your website is that all I need? I’d rather study it on paper than watch all the videos

  18. iCeline on June 8, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    I’ll make sure to have an SFOC when I come and visit you with my Mavic Air 2 😎😊Thank you for this very detailed and well explained video! The rules are very logic (staying away from airport for instance). You have created an app? How awesome!!!

  19. JohnBee on June 8, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Does the app only cater to drones, or will it work with Heli’s?

  20. 3D Suti on June 8, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Thank you so much for your sharing!!

  21. Kardoso Media on June 8, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Great video Don! Very informative

  22. Gabe B on June 8, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Blessed brother thank you! From Guelph, ON.

  23. Joseph ws Ng on June 8, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Thank you

  24. Daniel on June 8, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Is it true, that RC model aircraft users are excluded from CAR’s. ????

  25. 8dot on June 8, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks don, very informative discussion. Helps a lot. Thumbs up

  26. Ryan Whittle on June 8, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Ty Don for helping you are very kind sharing all this info

  27. Camilo Arellana on June 8, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Hey Don, can you talk a little more about the SFOC? Some of us are PR or even TR. (Permanent or Temporary residents). Please!!!

  28. Marcos La Torre on June 8, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Don Joyce; thank you so much for the video. I look forward to do exactly what you say on the video. I really appreciate it.

  29. VArt3D Media on June 8, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    where does it says that you have to be Canadian citizen ?
    i don’t think its true

  30. Craig L. on June 8, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Cant thank you enough Don for all the intense work and information you have put into these study modulars. I recently passed my Canadian Basic exam and it was all thanks to you. I directed 2 of my friends as well to your page and now we are all certified and good to go and a huge weight has been lifted. Thank you so much and once this Alberta -35 to -45 without the windchill goes away i will be very excited to get out there and do some flying✌

  31. Sololife Delin on June 8, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    what i can do if i am a international student thanks Don

  32. Phil Gowdy on June 8, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Just finished the Basic Exam after watching your vids. 85%! Thanks Don!!!

  33. Jay Weber on June 8, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks again!!

  34. zimbobwe13 on June 8, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Hey Don, does the FAA have anything to do with Canadian drone laws? Have you heard of this TRUST certification you can get through them? Is it beneficial in Canada? Does Canada have something similar? Thx

  35. Kay O. Sweaver on June 8, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks Don. I just picked up a cheap drone to try out and practice, this was a great intro to the rules and I expect that the other videos will be a great guide as I prepare.

  36. Edwin van den Akker on June 8, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    I don’t live in Canada, though I used to live there…
    This video is golden for the drone community. It makes (new) drone owners aware of the rules and guidelines.
    Just by getting a drone for your birthday or Christmas doesn’t mean you can just throw the thing up in the air and start flying. It’s more like getting a car (though I never had that privilege). You can’t drive before knowing the rules. *A drone is not just a toy…*

  37. rasoul nouralivand on June 8, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Short but very helpful… Thank you Don.

  38. Wildpixel Photography on June 8, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    If you are getting paid to fly for a small project you are working on is the Basic license sufficient? Or do you have to have an Advanced license?

  39. JustIn Time on June 8, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    I’m wondering how does the line of sight rule applies to FPV drones?

    And thank you for this quick and informative video!

  40. Patrick Conlon on June 8, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    they played a visit Canada ad to me in Ireland when i started watching your video lol, you tube never misses an opportunity eh

  41. Vu Tran on June 8, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    I love the beauty of nature but with so many regulations to fly the drone, and special not allow to fly in the park. Completely turn off the creation of high tech and nature. Thanks for your information, lucky not buying one yet and will not intend to have one any more.

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