News and views
17 Jan 2019

What is class G airspace?

Drone regulation state that you must have an advanced level permit in order to fly in any airspace other than class G. The problem that we are seeing is that most people don’t know! Here is a quick explanation of what class G airspace is.

Class G airspace is all airspace that is not another classification. It is what we call “open” airspace. Other types of airspace have special classifications that tell us what they are used for, how they are used, if and how they are controlled, and what can be done in them.

The airspace classification system is a critical part of managing air traffic for both manned and unmanned aircraft. Without the classification system it would be very unclear on what has to happen where and who is responsible for what.


This image shows all of the airspace in Canada that is NOT class G all the way from the surface of the ground to 17,999 feet. Everything that is not covered by a polygon is class G.


This image shows all of the airspace that is NOT class G below 700 feet above the ground. This is the height at which we are flying drones. Everything covered with a coloured shape requires the advanced level permit.

What class G airspace is not

Class G airspace is not an indication of whether or not there is a nearby airport. Specific types of airports can exist in class G airspace. There are, in fact, specific rules for operating close to an airport. These airport proximity rules are applicable if you have any level of permit.

More information

If you would like more detail on how to determine your exact airspace, you can join us for our basic level drone ground school. If you find out in the ground school that you are in airspace other than class G, you can always just upgrade to the advanced level.

In our courses you learn about airspace

  • The details on each classification, what it means, how to operate in it
  • How to determine which airspace you are in
  • How to determine who to talk to in order to fly in other types of airspace
  • All of the procedures on how to coordinate with air traffic control