New Regulatory Exemptions for Lightweight and Limited-Speed UAVs

 

In advance of expected new UAV regulations in 2017, Transport Canada released this week new regulatory exemptions for lightweight and limited-speed UAVs.
In two notices of exemption that came into effect on December 22, Transport Canada said it was exempting UAVs with a maximum take-off weight of 1 kg or less from current Special Flight Operation Certificate requirements, as well as some larger UAVs with a maximum calibrated airspeed of 87 knots or less.

The exemptions, which apply to the requirements under sections 602.41 and 603.66 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), relate to operators using UAVs:

  • “with a maximum take-off weight of 1 kilogram or less, operated within visual line-of-sight;” or
  • “with a maximum take—off weight exceeding 1 kilogram up to and including 25 kilograms, with a maximum calibrated airspeed of 87 knots or less, operated within visual line-of sight.”

The two notices also stipulate a series of conditions that relevant UAV operators must adhere to in order to remain exempt from the regulations, including stipulations relating to training requirements, liability insurance, and documentation required, among other things.

STAC strongly advises that all STAC Members with an interest in UAV operations thoroughly review the exemption notices. These notices can be found at the following locations: