Canada: Basic and Advanced Operations
Depending on the criteria and conditions of your operation, you'll need to fly one of two operation types: Basic or Advanced.
In order to operate under a Pilot Certificate - Basic, you must meet all 3 of these conditions:
- Fly in uncontrolled airspace
- Fly more than 30 metres (100 feet) horizontally from bystanders
- Never fly directly over bystanders
If your operation does not meet any 1 of these 3 conditions, it must be conducted as an advanced operation.
In order to be issued a Pilot Certificate - Basic, you must Pass the Small Basic Exam online and be able to show your Pilot Certificate – Basic and proof of registration when you fly.
Canada: Advanced Operations
If you meet any 1 of these conditions, you are conducting advanced operations:
- Flights in controlled airspace
- Flights over bystanders
- Flights within 30 metres (100 feet) of bystanders (measured horizontally)
In order to be issued a Pilot Certificate - Advanced, you must Pass the Small Advanced Exam and pass a Flight Review with a flight reviewer. You must also be able to show your Pilot Certificate – Advanced and proof of registration when you fly.
In order to operate in Controlled Airspace, you must request an RPAS Flight Authorization from NAV CANADA.