Notices of government drone operations

We are using drones, or remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), to help us develop a regulatory framework by increasing what we know about beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations in Canada. Activities include whale monitoring and surveys, highway mapping in Inuvik, and the Arctic Unmanned Aircraft System Initiative.

This page lists future and ongoing flight operations by Canadian federal government departments and agencies. All flights have been authorized with a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC).

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Inuvik area flight operations

Flight purpose: Mapping of the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway, the Dempster highway from Inuvik to the Yukon border, and a Beluga whale survey in Mackenzie Bay.

Date: July 25 to August 7, 2019

Operator: Transport Canada Aircraft Services Directorate, SFOC No. 940010

RPAS used: Griffon Aerospace SeaHunter

NOTAM search:

  1. visit the Aviation Weather Website Forecasts and obervations / NOTAM page
  2. enter airport ID: CYEV
  3. select: Aerodrome NOTAM file, FIR (Flight Information Region) NOTAM file
  4. click on “Get the NOTAM
  5. effective NOTAMs are: 190131, 191104, 191105, 191109, 191117, 191148, 191162 and 191163.
Inuvik airspace usage
Text description

This airspace map of the Inuvik region gives a pictorial reference to the airspace designated in the relevant NOTAM’s. It is provided to enhance the situational awareness for all airspace users.

CYEV Area 5.1

Legend

Area A - Extended Beluga Watch 1000-3500 ft
Area B - 1500-4500 ft
Area C - 3000-6000 ft
Area D - 3000-6000 ft
Area E - 3000-8000 ft
Area F - 3000-8000 ft
Area G - SFC-10500 ft
Area H - CYEV CZ SFC-3800 ft
Area I - 2000-8000 ft

Gaspé area flight operations

Flight purpose: North Atlantic Right Whale monitoring

Date: August 19 to September 30, 2019

Operator: Transport Canada Aircraft Services Directorate

RPAS used: Griffon Aerospace SeaHunter

NOTAM search:

  1. visit the Aviation Weather Website Forecasts and obervations / NOTAM page
  2. enter airport ID: CYGP
  3. select: Aerodrome NOTAM file, FIR (Flight Information Region) NOTAM file
  4. click on “Get the NOTAM
  5. effective NOTAMs are: not yet available
Gaspé airspace usage
Text description - Drone Monitoring of NARW September 2019

This airspace map of the Gaspe region gives a pictorial reference to the airspace designated in the relevant NOTAM’s. It is provided to enhance the situational awareness for all airspace users.

CYGP Area 5.1

Legend

Transition area 15NM = SFC to 5000’ ASL
Corridors route = SFC 5000’ to ASL
Papa = 1500’ to 5000 ASL
Mike = 1500’ to 5000 ASL
November = 1500’ to 5000’ ASL
Oscar = 1500’ to 5000’ ASL
Tango west = 1500’ to 5000’ ASL
Tango east = 1500’ to 5000’ ASL
Yankee = 1500’ to 5000’ ASL
Xray = 1500’ to 5000’ ASL
Zulu north = 1500’ to 5000’ ASL
Zulu south = 1500’ to 5000’ ASL

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