A SFOC from Transport Canada 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗻𝗼𝘁 be approved "within days". What they posted is misleading, " Sometimes I can get approved within days, but I wouldn't leave that to chance". Ask that operator for the proof! I have not heard of any legal RPAS operator across Canada having a SFOC approved if it was submitted with less than 30 working days prior, and I have wrote a few SFOC's. Please note a Flight Authorization Request is seperate from a SFOC.
𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗙𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗢𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗖𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲 — 𝗥𝗣𝗔𝗦 (a SFOC) states in part:
- 𝗥𝗣𝗔𝗦 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗯𝘆 𝘀𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝟯𝟬 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻.
You have every right to ask an operator to see their lawfully required to be with them RPAS Pilot Certificate, the SFOC from Transport Canada (if applicable) & (if applicable) the Flight Authorization from NAV CANADA, especially at an advertised open to the public event. If you need to see an actual one of any of those I'd be happy to show you my valid certificate and legitimate examples of a SFOC & Flight Authorization for reference.
I'm very happy to announce j2photography has received a Flight Reviewer Rating from Transport Canada for persons wishing to move from the RPAS (Drone) Basic Pilot Certificate to the RPAS (Drone) Advanced Pilot Certificate. Flight Reviews done in affiliation with Visualize UAV.
After a candidate has successfully passed the written portion of the Advanced Pilot Certificate ; an in-person Flight Review (in accordance with the requirements set out in CARs Standard 921.02 and TP15395 has to be successfully done to apply to complete the certification process.) Without an Advanced Pilot Certificate a user cannot operate an authorized drone within controlled airspace~along with the appropriate ATC/FIR approval, may operate near people (specific drones & distances req'd) and in some cases over people (specific drones & distances &/or equipment req'd) also in accordance with their specific RPAS Pilots certificate.
The goal of the flight review is to ensure that the candidate has all the required skills to plan and execute a RPAS flight safely and efficiently.
Flight Reviews will be available in Prince Albert.
For more information please contact me.
As of June 1 2019, the new Transport Canada Regulations governing RPAS (drone) use In Canada affecting RPAS between 250g and 25kg state (in part) that an operator shall follow manufacturers instructions. So, read the Owner's Manual of the drone you own, it will have an aircraft operating temperature ~ if it says 0C-40C..that means it cannot be flown outside if the outside air temperature is colder than 0C ~ even if you are Basic or Advanced Licensed.
There is also a whole slew of considerations to think of too, ie: current or forecasted weather, battery health in cold weather, visibility, falling snow, icing..etc.
If you are Basic or Advanced Licensed ~ & own/operate a RPAS(drone) that is between 250g to 25kg but the RPAS cannot operate below 0C as per the manufacturers instructions in the owner's manual ...keep it indoors!
At j2photography we have a RPAS (drone) that is capable of operating at an outside temperature down to -10C & we are Advanced Licensed for Controlled & Uncontrolled Airspace.
for more info:
( Excerpt FROM TC website Part IX CAR )
901.31 No pilot shall operate a remotely piloted aircraft system unless it is operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Minimum Weather Conditions
901.34 No pilot shall operate a remotely piloted aircraft system unless the weather conditions at the time of flight permit
Watch out for illegal RPAS Operators!..There is one i suspect is in the Prince Albert Area. I may be wrong, has happened before, lol, but photos & private communication show that they have questionable practises. They claim to be competition!..Well, illegal operators only compete against themselves. Always ask for proof, they should have it on them any time they are operating a drone.
Nav Canada RPAS Flight Authorization Request Link
Flying your Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) in Canadian AirspaceAs of June 1, 2019, new Transport Canada regulations apply to all remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) operating in Canadian airspace. Owners of RPAs (also known as drones or UAVs) must follow the requirements for operating their RPA in each class of Canadian airspace.
What you need to knowAirspace in Canada is classified as controlled or uncontrolled. If you plan to operate in uncontrolled airspace (Class G), you will need a Transport Canada Pilot Certificate – Basic Operations. NAV CANADA does not provide authorization for RPA flights in uncontrolled airspace.
If you plan to operate your RPA in controlled airspace (Classes C, D or E) you must have a Transport Canada Pilot Certificate – Advanced Operations and you must obtain a written RPAS Flight Authorization from NAV CANADA, by submitting an RPAS Flight Authorization Request.
In addition, all RPA pilots must comply with all applicable legislation, including Canadian Aviation Regulations. For more information, see Transport Canada's Drone Safety page.
Submitting an RPAS Flight Authorization Request
To submit an RPAS Flight Authorization Request, follow these steps:
I'm all Canadian, lifelong resident of Prince Albert.
All Pricing is Subject to Change
Dates and/or times Requested are Subject to My Availability
**Advanced RPAS Exam & Flight Review Successfully Completed.
**Flight Reviewer Rating completed 05/02/2020**