New Transport Canada Drone Fees!!

New Transport Canada Drone Fees!!

Transport Canada has announced they are significantly changing fees for drone-related services like Registration and SFOCs as they introduce the new BVLOS elements. They are wanting feedback!!

Send your feedback by JUNE 20, 2021 to Transport Canada by email:
(a summary of my 8 points is list a bit lower in this description)

The Transport Canada Fee Proposal document, and the BVLOS Proposal document it references are available here:

My video summarizing the BVLOS proposal is here:
My response to their BVLOS proposal is here:

Here is a summary of the 8 points I have sent to Transport Canada as feedback to the Fee Proposal document:
1. Leave the $5 registration fee as is for drones between 250g and 25Kg. Drones between 25kg and 150kg should have a higher registration fee of $500
2. Please confirm that existing Advanced Pilots will be grandfathered for the two new activities of localized BVLOS and flying heavier drones in VLOS conditions
3. Remove the new technical requirements for drones flying localized BVLOS
4. Foreign pilots should be permitted to complete pilot certifications without an SFOC
5. Flights over the current ceiling rules and flights near DND aerodromes should not require an SFOC. They should need only a NAV CANADA RPAS Flight Authorization
6. Low complexity SFOC applications should have a fee of $50, not $150 per application
7. High complexity SFOC applications should have a fee of $6000, not $2000 per application
8. The RPAS Operator Certificate should have a fee of $5000 every two years, instead of the proposed $250 one-time fee

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  1. Jay Rodriguez on September 4, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Have you thought about putting in a resume to TC? Your office could be in the secret gazebo bunker. 😀

  2. Carpenter Rick on September 4, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Wow.. Never ceases to amaze me.. Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Martin Lapierre on September 4, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks Don, I was waiting for your video after a short try reading TC’s News letter!
    👍BVLOS for avanced…

  4. Canamanik66 Nik on September 4, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    What do these fees even go to? Do we have a say in how it is spent? They are being proactive in terms of years or even decades to come. They are anticipating a boom in use of drones for every reason. And their priority is NOT going to be for recreational pilots. There is a huge agenda for drones to be used for commercial, military and law enforcement surveillance purposes, and they don’t want the public to have that power.

  5. 甘悦成 on September 4, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Really appreciated for all your efforts, Don! This makes the documents much easier to understand! Thank you! My concern is that how TC is going to regulate the "mandatory ground school" for the new BVLOS Pilot Certificate. Many RPAS pilot I know are already commercial manned aircraft pilots or have completed some level of the pilot ground school for either RPAS or manned aircraft. Do these people who already have the relevant knowledge have to take the new ground course as well? My suggestion is instead of mandatory ground course, setting PROCTORED exam for the new BVLOS certificate. TC can just use the same exam procedure as they already have for the commercial manned aircraft pilots!

  6. Shot In The Dark on September 4, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks for the video don, I can’t argue with any points you raised there, total common sense.
    I’d be embarrassed releasing a dogs breakfast of a document like they have.

  7. Pinetree Line on September 4, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Great job Don! Thank you for going through this and explaining all the information. Appreciate it brother!

  8. Steve Thompson on September 4, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    All I can say is, the Inspectors of Transport Canada are going to be some busy…..

  9. Fiddler455 on September 4, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    More over-regulation. Great video though, thanks for the heads up.

  10. Blessing Guy on September 4, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Blessing guy i’m here to watch your message about the Transport, thanks for your information 😊🖒

  11. Yue Shen on September 4, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Just registered my new drone. Happy to save $5 lol~ Time to get a cone!

  12. Quinton Fraser on September 4, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    might be a time to look into maac, depending on what you do of course for flying it might be the better way forward

  13. Sean Galbraith on September 4, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    The new ROC seems to be a great way to reduce staffing costs … no spotters would be required. (If I’m reading it correctly… which I might not be).
    Totally agree with your comments on fees. Excellent as always, Don. Thanks!

  14. Derek Cox on September 4, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    🤦🏼‍♂️🙇🏻‍♂️👏🇨🇦 it doesn’t surprise me that government employees take a week and 6k to approve an application. There’s absolutely ZERO incentive to be efficient in any department of our government services. I’m 1 hour into the document and I guess my average IQ is just not ready for the job of figuring out what the hell TC is doing this for. Who are they listening to? What interest group is submitting these proposals? I know the geniuses at TC are not just pulling this out of their butts.
    I won’t rant,but this is just so irritating!

  15. Ted Hofer on September 4, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Good grief… Was excited to buy my first drone and now this… Why does the government feel the need to interfere in every single area of our lives?… First I want to get into airsoft, and then they ban it… Now I want to get into drones, and they do this… The US ain’t looking to shady right now, at least I can fly a small drone without taking tests and fees like I’m about to fly a 747… Cool vid BTW, new sub😎

  16. MuxaH X on September 4, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Sorry to provide negative attitude:
    Looks like all this laws created for one reason: collecting fees.
    It is NOT focused on safety.

    p.s. thank you for your video.

  17. Yue Shen on September 4, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    DJI,please add 1 inch sensor camera on Mavic mini 3. It’s time.

  18. EliProduction on September 4, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    hopefully TC will take in your feedback seriously Don!

  19. Minh Tri Bui on September 4, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Don i like it

  20. Ben Lesmeister on September 4, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    If you can afford to shell out thousands of dollars to have a drone I’m sure the fees won’t matter much . Unfortunately all the unnecessary regulations forced onto responsible hobbyists is a major deterrent. It will result in a loss of sales which in turn is a loss of tax revenue, jobs and economic stimulus. If politicians ran businesses like they do the country they would already be out of business.

  21. Yvan C on September 4, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you Don for the information and your hard work. Your proposal make a lot of sense. They also should reviewing their basic RPA exam. Some question has nothing to do with flying drone.

  22. Gopro Guy on September 4, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Half the stuff on the advanced exam you don’t need to know and now they are making it tougher. This is so frustrating for people like me that fly their drones safely and responsibly. I all want to do is take a few aerials for stock and sell them to stock agencies, now I have to pay a fee in hopes I can make a sale. This is such bullshit, they are taking more jobs away from photographers that might already be struggling due to the pandemic.

  23. Kenneth Baidak on September 4, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    I can see the changes, some good but the feed are crazy, if a a Business registered Drones maybe but personal pilots like me that have the bigger drones like the DJI inspire cannot afford that those fees, really make me feel like flying them will not be worth it even for fun. 🙁

  24. AronFigaro on September 4, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Their cost of processing SFOCs is outright fraud. Take it to the ombudsman. If they are SOMEHOW telling the truth, they are ethically obligated to bring in efficiency and automation consultants at this point. Our company would charge them less to completely rebuild their process than a week of work!

  25. The Art and Science of Flight on September 4, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Hi Don. Great video (as usual!) to show us what’s coming in Canadian drone flying. I would not want to see the BVLOS operator certificate as expensive as you suggest because there is a segment of the hobby who want to fly long range BVLOS for personal enjoyment. $5K every 2 years will kill that completely. I understand your point and was thinking this should be applied to drones over the 25Kg limit, not to a 7" quad copter that weighs in under a few Kg.
    Thanks for taking the time to share this review.

  26. Phantom HodgesDrone on September 4, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks Don for update

  27. Aerial imaging net on September 4, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    TC scamming canadians , (again) thanks for the info Don , sounds like the Government needs help how do they come up with those kind of numbers ?

  28. Dave Stredulinsky on September 4, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you Don for your detailed examination of the new documents. I agree with your sensible recommendations. Especially for drone registration fees. For low complexity SFOC fees, even $50 seems high.

  29. lukeandmich on September 4, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    This is crazy, In the United States you apply for SFOC with an app and get a response within 3 minutes usually 30 seconds. All this going to do is have people jailbreak their drones and and fly illegally. I was studying for my advanced exam but I think I am just going to get the Mini 2. I Bet soon there will be a fee for flying sub 250 drones as well.

  30. Julio Gonzo on September 4, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Probably in anticipation of budget cuts due to likely trillion dollar deficit. The money hose in Ottawa will be switched from blow to suck

  31. Mark Derks on September 4, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    $5000 every two years? If the fees are too high they become a barrier to entry and only major corporations will be able to offer the service

  32. Elijah Roberts on September 4, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Wow. 6k to process a application. Talk about a reminder of how inefficient our gov can be.

  33. Carlos Amat on September 4, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    i’m in total shock the government is trying to get more control and money,,, surprised they’re not going for the under 250 g drones, yet… thank you for your time and work on this and all the rest…
    btw nice plant

  34. Mr T on September 4, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    If it enhances web service and clarity then I am onboard . Cant expect the general public tax payers to pay for this

  35. Bill 3D on September 4, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks for the heads up Don. Time to separate drones from TC, because in basic terms, they’re clueless.

  36. LiftedT- FPV on September 4, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Love that TC SFOC cost evaluation 😂😅❤️
    Damn Government workers…

  37. suzysheer66 on September 4, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Honestly, i am still waiting for a risk analysis for drones. Has TC published one?

  38. Maxime Delaquis on September 4, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Very glad you are sharing all this valuable information to the drone community. Highly appreciated!!
    I’ve sent my feedback to TC.

  39. Tim Cable on September 4, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Got my basic cert a couple years ago, and it needs the renewal in June. Where do I get this flight exam? I called one company in they said they were no doing any due to covid-19. I’m in Vancouver, Canada.

  40. Jerry Aulenbach on September 4, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Sending my email now! Thanks for helping me understand these proposed changes.

  41. Cinematic landscape on September 4, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Great job Don, I just wonder why the rules are still rigid for BVLOS, knowing that drones are more and more state of the art, with precise connections, excellent 4K video, higher image and RTH with smart batteries. I’m not saying 10 km, but I think we could fly up close and safely, like around a building or around trees. I agree with your point TC needs us as users of drones to find out the best way to enjoy flying safe.

  42. Tristan on September 4, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Hi Don,
    Thanks for another excellent, informative video. I did some reading and I read they are also considering remote I.d. yikes!
    I also confirm most pilots already fly bvlos with basic certification. The technology on quality modern consumer hobby drones is very reliable and safe. I agree there is lag and catching up on their part that is required.

  43. Andre verville on September 4, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks Don for this excellent overview.
    A bit glad they understood and have taken my suggestion of allowing limited bvlos. I explained with eye macula resolution at 1 minute of arc that it was impossible to keep eye "lock" on a Mavic 2 further than 300m from the pilot, while fully knowing where it is with its map display and being still able to see aircrafts coming for kilometers around.

    At least that. As you say, may have to read another time and make other suggestions… seems they are in a bad need for our "hands on" input!

  44. Joe Friday on September 4, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Another well presented video. Thanks Don.

  45. Susan Scovill on September 4, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    You had to know that was coming.

  46. Emily TestAccount on September 4, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Extending BVLOS is nice even if I’m too nervous to let it out of sight – since situation awareness from the camera is so limited, sure could do without the rest but 150kg drones sound fun, lmao.
    make a gas powered drone out of sawbldes and never worry about tree beaches again

  47. Cameron on September 4, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Does this new BVLOS exam require a advanced certificate or would a Basic pilot be able to write the exam? I completely think the whole BVLOS is ridiculous! If you have taken ground school and have passed the TC RPAS exam , I thing should be included in both basic and advanced, everyone’s going to do it anyways regardless!

    I completely agree with everything that you posted and I will be including that in my email! Thanks for the information!

  48. DimmyV on September 4, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Omg and the foreign pilot thing was my issue. Can’t believe the hoops I have to jump. Honestly ridiculous! I don’t see the difference. It’s almost discriminatory. Trying to settle and instead Canada makes it difficult but are happy to take our money.

  49. Kevin Thom on September 4, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Pretty wild that TC is requiring foreign drone pilots to complete an SFOC application, given how much we are paying for TC to evaluate SFOC applications. It amounts to Canadians subsidizing foreign drone pilots. I strongly agree with your suggestion that foreign pilots be required to complete the same certification and registration required of Canadian pilots. I’m emailing my suggestions to them today.

  50. John McGowan on September 4, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Thank you, Don. Very informative. I appreciate the effort you make on our behalf to scan through these complex documents and put them into context so that WE can get some idea of what they actually say. A tedious and onerous task, thank you again for your dedication to Canadaian drone operations.

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