Posts Tagged 'uav'

Data Capture is Only the First Step for Any Drone Service Provider

Published August 22, 2019

With recent changes to the Canadian drone regulations (back on June 1st), I started to think more about the last 5 years in the commercial drone industry.  A lot has changed over this period, with plenty of players arriving and exiting from the scene. I should know, as I was one of them back in early 2016, folding my company Crop Sensors after an arduous attempt to enter the ...

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What to Expect During Your Flight Review (Advanced Drone Operations in Canada)

Published May 9, 2019

If you are operating small Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in Canada (under 25 kg), you have a couple of different options to get licensed, depending how you would like to operate.  You must be licensed to fly after June 1, 2019 in Canada, when the new regulations come into effect. If you would like to fly in controlled airspace, over bystanders, or within 30 metres ...

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WWD Podcast Episode #22 – Didi Horn from SkyX

Published April 10, 2019

Our guest is Didi Horn, who is the Founder and CEO of SkyX!  I caught up with Didi Horn just prior to my deployment to the Solomon Islands for an oil spill response (what an experience!), so I’m a bit late posting this.  It was a great conversation with Didi – we discussed milestones reached and future plans of this Canadian RPAS ...

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New Canadian Drone Regulations Announced!

Published January 13, 2019

Last week, the Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced changes to drone regulations that will be coming into effect on June 1, 2019.  In the video below I’ve outline some further details about the new framework, including the Basic and Advanced level of pilot licensing.

Below are some links that you will find useful as a Canadian drone operator leading up to June ...

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Mapping Drones Incidents in Canada

Published December 9, 2018

Drones and planes colliding, shotguns being fired at quadcopters, and hospitalizations from drone crashes.  I don’t mean to be sensational here, but these situations can all be found in the Canadian Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System (CADORS). As described on the official Transport Canada website:

Transport Canada collects aviation occurrence information through CADORS. The purpose of the system is to provide initial information on occurrences involving any Canadian-registered aircraft as well ...

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WWD Podcast Episode #19 – Will Brown at Strategic NRC

Published Oct 8, 2018

Our guest is Will Brown, who is UAV Technician at Strategic Natural Resource Consultants!  For this podcast episode, I decided that it was time to bring in a fellow colleague to discuss commercial unmanned aircraft and some of the work that I’m also involved in at Strategic.  I have worked with Will ...

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Active on the Aeronautical: Improving Your UAV Flight Communications

Published Oct 9, 2018

If you’re a new user of drones on the job site, and you didn’t come from an aviation background, then using an aeronautical (VHF, or airband) radio can be a new process for many.  Becoming knowledgeable on the proper use of this type of radio is crucial for safe UAV flight operations in Canada, which is why it is a component of Transport Canada’s knowledge requirements ...

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NavCanada Coordination for Commercial UAV Flights in Canada

Published on June 11, 2018

When you’re just starting out with commercial drone work in Canada, there are a lot of directives to pay attention to in order to stay in compliance with regulations. One of the crucial steps to take in order to keep you flying safe is to send in proper notification 24-48 hours prior to your commercial UAV flights to NavCanada.  If a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) is required, then a NavCanada rep will ...

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WWD Podcast Episode #17 – Dr. Gregory Crutsinger from Scholar Farms

Published May 27, 2018

Our guest is Dr. Gregory Crutsinger, who is the Founder of Scholar Farms!  It was great to chat with Gregory, who is an ecologist that has combined his interest and knowledge of plant science with the world of remote sensing and unmanned aircraft systems.  Following his tenure as an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, he has had the chance to work ...

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WWD Podcast – Episode 14: Steve Rhode with the Wake Forest Fire Department

Published March 22, 2018

Our guest is Steve Rhode, who is the Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department!  Steve has an interesting and varied background in addition to his UAV Pilot role with the fire department. He is also a photojournalist serving many news organizations in the Raleigh, North Carolina area and he runs ...

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