Are drone pilots licensed?
Yes. As of June 1, 2019 all operators require Pilot Certificates and their drones must be registered. Certificates for “Basic Operations” will require passing an on-line exam. Certificates for “Advanced Operations” require passing a more challenging on-line exam and a flight review by an approved and tested RPAS pilot reviewer.
Are there any restrictions I need to know about?
All drone flights using aircraft weighing more that 250 grams are subject to Canadian Aviation Regulations. But pilots must also respect the Criminal Code, Provincial Trespass Acts and other applicable municipal and provincial laws. Drone imaging operations always require permission from the owner of the launch / landing site.
How long does it take to schedule a drone operation?
Generally, it takes several days to conduct a site survey, research the location, draft a Mission Plan and schedule an operation. But rush jobs are possible for additional cost. Advanced Operations in controlled airspace can take longer to set up.
What happens if it rains or snows on the date of the drone operation?
For most drone operations, we schedule alternate dates to accommodate inclement weather conditions.
Can drone video be shot inside a building?
Yes. We have small, lightweight drones capable of indoor videography in both 4K and 1080p.
Are drones able to film or photograph outdoor events like concerts?
In Canada, drones cannot be legally flown over crowds in concerts, sporting events or other settings classified as “advertised to the general public” due to safety, regulatory and insurance concerns. In some cases, Special Flight Operations Certificates can be obtained for special, controlled circumstances.