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Flight Safety Checks: Everything You Should Know Before You Takeoff

On August 10 of this year, a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), operated by York Region Police, collided with a Cessna 172N which was on final approach to Buttonville Airport in Markham, ON.  According to a CADORS report published by Transport Canada on August 18, the aircraft was on final approach to Runway 15 at […]

Don’t Miss Drone Safety Awareness Day – Nov. 13

Transport Canada is holding a National Drone Safety Awareness Day-Nov. 13, 2020 TC’s Drone Safety Day is aimed at educating the public about safe drone practices and highlighting the interesting and innovative ways drones are being used across Canada. As a valued member of the industry, we would like to extend an invitation to you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Media Release: Canada’s National Drone Association Condemns Gatwick Incident

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: UNMANNED SYSTEMS CANADA CONDEMNS GATWICK AIRPORT DRONE INTRUSION (OTTAWA): Unmanned Systems Canada/Systèmes Télécommandés Canada (USC-STC), the national industry association representing the unmanned vehicle systems sector, condemns the deliberate, illegal and irresponsible use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) to disrupt commercial flights at Britain’s Gatwick Airport. On Wednesday, December 19th close to 9 pm […]

Student UAS Competition Attracts 16 Teams from Across Canada

There is a power struggle shaping  up in the Lac Saint-Jean region of Quebec.  It is between the UAS teams representing 16 colleges and universities from across Canada who will be put to the test identifying the damage to and proposing solutions for a solar field. CED Alma will host the 11th annual event 3 […]

Drone Education Program Launches in Manitoba School Division – Enabling Students’ Learning Using UAV Technology

Several northern and remote communities are getting a technological transformation using unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) as a learning tool in the classroom. The UAV Pilot Program, designed by Frontier School Division Science Coach Arif Kassum, is a teaching and implementation guide filled with curricular connections for teachers throughout the division.

Small/Medium Aerial (UAV) Operator Webcast

Back again this year,  USC-STC announces the 3rd Annual Small/Medium Aerial Operator Webinar, broadcast live from the floor of the #UC18VANCOUVER Unmanned Canada Conference. This years’ webinar will be broadcast live from Vancouver, Tuesday, Oct 30th from 5:30EDT to 8:30 EDT (2:30PDT to 5:30 PDT). There will be a short intermission in the session. This […]