Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
As the national voice for general aviation in Canada, COPA keeping a close eye on the rapid development of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) technology and actively seeking out ways of working with the drone community and the regulator to ensure that Canadian skies can be shared by all users in a safe and effective manner.
COPA’s Support for the RPAS Community
Through MAGNES, COPA’s VIP aircraft insurance Broker, we are excited to offer our “under 25kg RPAS insurance” to cover damage and liability for private and commercial drone operators. Click here to sign up.
If you operate a RPAS, join COPA’s mission to “advance, promote and preserve the Canadian freedom to fly” that RPAS and become a member.
We are also educating our own members on what it means to share the skies with RPAS operators. A webinar, which was produced in partnership with AIG and Magnes Group, is available here.
Want to know more about where to learn to fly RPAS?
In partnership with Altex, we are working to educate members of the RPAS community on the various regulations, requirements, and implications for drone operation in different classes of airspace. Click here to watch their video.
No Drone Zone Campaign
Recently, COPA teamed up with Transport Canada to launch the No Drone Zone campaign, highlighting the dangers and legal ramifications of operating RPAS in controlled airspace and in proximity to airports and heliports
Members of the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada, operating at MAAC-sanctioned fields or events are not subject to these rules.
As the national voice for general aviation in Canada, COPA keeping a close eye on the
rapid development of RPAS technology and actively seeking out ways of working with the drone community and the regulator to ensure that Canadian skies can be shared by all users in a safe and effective manner.
Want to know where you can fly your drone? Made possible, in part, with information from COPA’s Places to Fly, The National Research Council of Canada created a very handy tool that allows you to view areas based on the weight category of your drone:
Defined as model aircraft or drones weighing more than 250g and up to 35 kg
No Transport Canada permission required
Cannot be flown:
- Higher than 90m above the ground
- Closer than 75m from buildings, vessels, vehicle, animals, people
- Closer than 9km from the centre of an aerodrome (any airport, heliport, seaplane base, or anywhere that aircraft take off and land)
- Within controlled or restricted airspace
- Within 9km of a forest fire
- Where it could interfere with police or first responders
- At night or in clouds
- Out of the operator’s line of sight
- Further than 500m from the operator
- If your name, address, and telephone number are not clearly marked on your drone
Non-recreational drone use refers to RPAS operations that are of a commercial or research nature. Transport Canada has several helpful documents for non-recreational drone users. For an overview of RPAS resources, visit Transport Canada’s RPAS landing page.
See also New Rules for Drones in Canada, published January 6, 2019.
The regulations concerning RPAS are found in CAR Part IX. CAR Part IX replaced the cancelled AC 600-004, which outlined exemptions
Know Before you Fly
Know Before You Fly is an education campaign founded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), and the Small UAV Coalition in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to educate prospective users about the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
As excitement and enthusiasm continues to grow around UAS, and the regulatory framework continues to take shape, more consumers are looking to buy UAS for personal use and more businesses are looking to use UAS too. These prospective operators want to fly, and fly safely, but many don’t realize that, just because you can buy a UAS, doesn’t mean you can fly it anywhere, or for any purpose. Know Before You Fly provides prospective users with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly.