Small UAS Operator Requirements Set

August 24, 2014 in News by Russ Niles

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Transport Canada will soon release its rules for those who want to fly UAVs that weigh less than 25 kilograms within line of sight.

Rather than require operators to have pilot licences, the rules will require that operators have a working knowledge of Canadian airspace and air law and the place for unmanned systems within the airspace system.

Canada allows the use of drones for commercial use under Special Flight Operations Certificates and the about-to-be-released regulations will be a requirement for those hoping to use a UAV.

Harv’s Air is among the first to offer an online course that teaches all the components of the knowledge requirement. It’s a 30-hour course and successful candidates will get a certificate of completion.

As we reported last week, Transport Canada has designated 750 square kilometres of southern Alberta airspace for the testing of drones designed to operate beyond line of sight.