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Discussion in 'News' started by Benjamin youngblood, Feb 13, 2016.
FAA Could Ease Up On Regulating Small Drones for Businesses
From the article "For example, commercial drone operators must always flying the drones within the eyesight of their" that hurt my brain to read
They quote Canada as one of the countries allowing flying UAV's without Transport Canada - TC permission (same as FAA in the US) for small business. That is true as long as your UAV weighs 2kg or less and you can meet the exemption requirements. Phantom 3's are 1.28kg (2.8lbs), the Inspire 1 is 2.935kg (6.45lbs) - that article as related to exemption of permission with the FAA would not include the Inspire 1 as it is over the 4.4lb weight mentioned in the article.
Under those UAV weights (in Canada) you still have to meet the "exemption requirements" of which there are 35 (most are safety orientated) and if you don't meet those you must apply for and obtain an SFOC (Special Flight Operations Certificate) - not everyone gets one and "flight school training" is "recommended" (we know what that means) prior to applying - even for a UAV under 2kg in weight.
A couple of the exemptions to fly without permission from TC is having liability insurance and be fully trained in the operation of your UAV.
You must carry with you a copy of the exemptions, proof of liability, OEM info related to the UAV, identification, proof of training, permission letters of area your flying in and you must produce these documents to law enforcement officers when asked.
Any UAV weighing 2.1kg - 25kg you will need to meet the 35 exemption requirements - give TC your contact info, UAV model, description of operation (work) and geographical boundaries of operation.
If your UAV is less than 35kg and is used strictly for recreational you don't need permission and you are not bound by the exemptions or SFOC rules (strange)!
Finally the exemptions paper claims the flying without TC permission exemptions can be changed by the Government Minister in charge without notice and overnight, so to speak and which I would expect will happen!