• TC Releases AC 903-001 RPAS BVLOS Risk Assessment for Comment

    Transport Canada has just released a Draft version of AC 903-001: Operational Risk Assessment, supporting complex and Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) Operations. This draft AC will be published in the coming months; however, TC is asking for  industry feedback, which will be incorporated in a future revision. TC states: You can expect future versions of […]

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  • USC-STC Comments on Recent Drone Flight over Raptors’ Victory Parade

    Ottawa – June 20, 2019: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Canada’s largest organization representing the autonomous vehicle sector – Unmanned Systems Canada/Systèmes Télécommandés Canada (USC-STC) – shares concerns regarding a drone flight that occurred during the Raptors Victory parade in Toronto this week. On Monday, fans from Toronto and around the world came together in the downtown core […]

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  • TC RPAS Procurement Draft RFP issued – Short Deadline – July 18

    Public Works and Government Service Canada (PWGSC) is seeking to engage further with Industry through consultation on a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for the acquisition of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) for the Government of Canada, Transport Canada (TC). Transport Canada (TC) requires a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) that is capable of […]

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  • NAVCAN Releases New Procedure to Allow RPAS Access to Controlled Airspace

    USC-STC Board Member Mike Campbell attended the “Drone Talks” in Ottawa this week. Important details around the June 1 regulatory changes were discussed at length, along with the future of BVLOS and UTM. Perhaps most significant this week, however, was news from NAV CANADA of a new process required prior to flying RPAS in controlled […]

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  • USC-STC and LOOKNorth Announce Funding Support for Four New Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Projects for Canada’s Drone/Remotely Piloted Vehicles

    April 25, 2019 – Ottawa, ON Four new Canadian companies and innovative research projects will be funded by LOOKNorth and Unmanned Systems Canada – Systèmes Télécommandés Canada (USC-STC) as part a national ‘testbed project’ in the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems ‘RPAS’ (also known as UAV’s or drones) industry. The Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) […]

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  • USC-STC Submission on AC922 – RPAS Safety Assurance

    TL:DR Transport Canada (TC) Released Advisory Circular 922 on RPAS Safety Assurance to outline RPA requirements for Advanced Operations. USC-STC met with TC to better understand the AC, and has prepared a white paper on suggestions for changes and improvements. You can get a copy at the bottom of this post. AC922 Submission Transport Canada […]

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  • Transport Canada Updates at Manitoba Precision Ag Workshop

    March 6, 2019 – USC-STC Industry Event Update USC-STC’s Mark Aruja and many of our national association members attended the Manitoba Precision Agricultural Workshop held at Southport, MB on March 5th. Representatives from Transport Canada provided some updates on the status of the new regulations. Thanks to USC-STC’ member Matthew Johnson from M3 Aerial for […]

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  • Survey on Impact of new RPAS Safety Assurance Design Rules in Canada

    In January, 2019, Transport Canada announced new rules for RPAS Operations starting June 1st. They cover new Pilot Certificates and Exams, new Flight Rules as well as the introduction of a new Safety Assurance Standard and Advisory Circular AC922 for RPAS, known as “SAFE”, covering RPAS Designs to be used in higher risk situations. TL;DR […]

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  • RPAS “SAFE” Safety Assurance Advisory Circular 922 Released

    In the new RPAS 900 CARs, the intent of the “SAFE” rating for aircraft (A/C) under 25 kg was to provide manufacturers and operators with a path to be able to fly their RPAS in three higher risk situations that had previously been covered by either SFOC or with Compliant A/C. The new categories of […]

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  • New RPAS/Drone Regulations Released for Canada

    Montreal, QC – On Wednesday, Transport Canada released new regulations for the rapidly-growing Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) or industry in Canada. Published in Canada Gazette II, the new rules govern all aspects of Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) operations for all operators flying RPAS (commonly known as ‘drones’ or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/UAV’s) in the […]

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