Category Archives: Regulations & Policy

Edmonton Internationa Airport to Incorporate Robird and Integrated Drone Solutions

Edmonton International Airport (“EIA”) will be the first ever airport in the world to integrate a full suite of unmanned aerial system (“UAS”) services into their daily airport operations. Starting in Q2 of 2017, Clear Flight Solutions (“CFS”) and AERIUM Analytics (“AERIUM”) will focus on safely integrating UAS technology at EIA. The primary focus will […]

Safety Rules for Recreational Dones

Minister Garneau will announce today  an Interim Order which provides safety rules for recreational drone use. As the national organization representing over 500 members from the professional Unmanned Aerial Systems community, we applaud the Minister’s initiative to take steps to implement clear and enforceable regulations to deter the hazardous operation of recreational drones. Nonetheless, we […]

Study of Canadian UAV Regulations – Standing Committee on Transportation releases Interim Report

The House of Commons Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities has released:  Study of Unmanned Air Vehicle Regulations: An Interim Report. Unmanned Systems Canada and members of our industry testified before the committee as inputs to this report. We expect to be commenting on elements of this report to the committee. Industry is invited to […]

New UAV exemptions come into effect today

On December 21st, 2016 Transport Canada (TC) released the new criteria for exemptions from SFOC requirements for operations of UAV’s with a max takeoff weight of 25 kilograms. These exemption requirements are in effect as of today, and all operators are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the changes. Specific details regarding the requirements, including rationales […]

CARAC 16th Plenary: New UAV Exemptions Announced

On December 13, at the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC)Plenary, Transport Canada staff announced that new SFOC exemption requirements will be published this week (possibly as early as today, December 14), and are expected to go into effect on December 22 2016, the day after the current SFOC exemptions expire. [wpdm_package id=2786 template=”link-template-calltoaction3.php”]


USC has a history of success as co-author with Transport Canada on UAV regulations. That reputation will see USC as a witness at the Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities on Thursday 24 November from 0845 – 0945. The proceedings can be followed on line. Both  written and oral submissions will be posted on this website.

UnmannedCanada 2016 Celebrates Transport Canada Announcement – Foremost UAS Range in Alberta Authorized to Conduct BVLOS Testing

Conference delegates at Unmanned Systems Canada’s annual conference held at the Westin Edmonton last week, gathered to witness a milestone in the evolution of the Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) industry. At the conference, Transport Canada presented the Mayor of Foremost Alberta with the letter approving the first test range in Canada for Beyond Visual Line […]

TC Announces Update to Stakeholders on Unmanned Air Vehicles

At 13:00 EDT yesterday, June 28th in Ottawa Transport Canada (TC) convened a meeting of UAV Stakeholders to provide an update on the policy and regulatory framework resulting from analysis of the comments received during the consultation period of the Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) to the Civil Aviation Regulations concerning the operation of Unmanned […]

FAA Publishes Small UAS Rules

Unmanned Systems Canada wishes to congratulate the FAA and their stakeholders on the promulgation today of their Small UAS rules. These new rules are not dissimilar to those which have been in place in Canada for the past several years. Undoubtedly today’s announcement will generate significant new opportunities for our industries and a new source […]

Kongsberg Geospatial, Renfrew County Paramedics Conduct Successful Beyond Line-of-Sight Field Trial of Rescue Drone Technology

OTTAWA, Ontario, March 24th 2016 —- Ottawa, CA: Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based developer of real-time, mission critical, geospatial visualisation software, and the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service announced today the successful conclusion of field trials of a new software application developed to improve the safety of operating a search-and-rescue drone beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS). A […]