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25 Feb 2019

Basic & Advanced Operations

On January 9th, 2019, Transport Canada announced new drone regulations that will be coming into effect on June 1st, 2019. These regulations will affect everyone who flies a Remotely Piloted Aerial System in Canada. In an effort to educate the drone community, we’re supplementing our training programs offered throughout Canada with a series of in-depth blog posts that cover everything you’ll need to know about the upcoming changes.

The new regulations will split all RPAS (drone) flights between 250g and 25kg into two distinct categories of operations – Basic & Advanced.


Basic Operations

The Basic Operations Certificate is open to all users over the age of 14, ensuring that those new to the exciting world of drones are well aware of rules and regulations in order to minimize incidents.

Transport Canada has defined 2 conditions that must be met in order for your flight to fall under Basic Operations.

  1. Flying in uncontrolled airspace.
  2. Flying more than 30 meters (100 feet) horizontally from bystanders.

Steps before you Fly:

  1. This includes quickly registering your drone for $5, marking your drone with its registration number (and ensuring it is easily visible, similar to a licence plate for a vehicle).
  2. Passing Transport Canada’s Small Basic Exam.

You will need the ability to show your Basic Operations certificate and proof of registration when you fly.

Our basic ground school course covers everything you’ll need to know about the Small Basic Exam and is offered throughout major cities in Canada and online.


Advanced Operations

The Advanced Operations certificate is open to all users over the age of 16. For most situations, the Advanced Operations certificate will replace flights where the Special Flight Operations Certificate was previously needed.

Unlike the Basic Operations requirement, you only need to meet one of the requirements below for your flight to fall under Advanced Operations.

  1.  Flying in controlled airspace.
  2.  Flying less than 30 metres (100 feet) horizontally from bystanders.

In addition to registering and marking your drone similar to the Basic Operations requirements, you need to have a couple more things in order.

  1. Registering & marking your drone or drones, similar to the Basic Operations requirement.
  2. Small Advanced Exam – 50 questions, 60 minutes, 80% to pass. This exam is tougher than its Basic counterpart, and Transport Canada highly recommends supplementing your knowledge with training from a flight school.
  3. Flight Review with a certified reviewer – After you have passed the Small Advanced Exam, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with a Transport Canada-approved reviewer, where your ability to operate a drone safely will be assessed and verified.

Our 2-day Advanced Ground School course covers everything you’ll need to know about the Small Advanced Exam and is offered throughout major cities in Canada and online.


We’re Here To Support You

As drone enthusiasts, we understand that this young industry can present challenges to those wanting to get in the air as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about how these new drone regulations may affect you come June 1st, please reach out to us via our contact page – we’d love to help you take off. We are also a certified Flight Reviewer, and you can sign up for flight reviews here. Happy flying!