I've heard that there are new rules in effect for drone operators in Canada. Is this true?

That is correct. On June 1st, 2019, Transport Canada published new rules for flying drones in Canada. You can see those new rules in Part 9 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations here.

Is Flytbox approved by Transport Canada to deliver drone training?

Flytbox is a self declared training organization with Transport Canada. You will find us listed on their 'Find a Drone Flight School' web page here. Our curriculum has been designed to meet and exceed Transport Canada's ' Knowledge Requirements for Pilots of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems'.

Do I really need to take a course?

No. Unlike manned aviation, there are no requirements for you to take a ground school course to write the exam. The knowledge requirments document published by Transport Canada is essentially a study guide for the exam. If you are comfortable with the subject matter in that document you shouldn't have a problem with the knowledge exam. Remember though, for those of you intending on getting your Advanced Certificate, you will also need to pass an in-person flight review. As part of that review you will be tested on the depth of your knowledge, and your flying skills. While not required there are several reasons why you might want to join us in one of our classes:

  • Develop policies and procedures
  • Network with other RPAS operators
  • Insurance companies often require ground school training or at the very least will provide you with a more competetive rate
  • Client contract and site policies may require training
  • Prospective drone employers want to see training and experience on your resume

I've heard there are two types of licences available for drone pilots in Canada. Is that correct?

Yes. Transport Canada has developed a Basic Pilot Certificate and an Advanced Pilot Certificate. If you meet all three conditions below, you will only need a basic licence:

  • You fly it in uncontrolled airspace
  • You fly it more than 30 metres (100 feet) horizontally from bystanders
  • You never fly it over bystanders
If you don't meet all three conditions then you must operate with the Advanced Pilot Certificate.

I only fly recreationally so do I need to get a licence?

If your drone weighs over 250g - Yes. The new rules coming into effect in June 1st, 2019, unlike our existing rules, don't make a distinction between recreational and commercial operations.

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