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) 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’) that weigh between 250 g and 25 kg.

RPAS is the short name for Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems, the new name that Transport Canada will use for “drones”.

Among the changes, the new regulations include:

  • New Pilot Licensing Rules and Exams
  • Practical Flight Testing required for all Pilots
  • Drone Registrations for all RPAS (drones) starting today
  • Design Standard for Aircraft used in higher risk situations
  • Drone manufacturers to declare where their RPAS can be used in controlled airspace and near people
  • Includes both commercial and recreational uses

Read the initial Unmanned Systems/Systèmes Télécommandés Canada response to the announcement in our Press Release, here.

The Transport CGII Regulations start on page 55 of this document.

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