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Understanding the Canadian Regulations on Drone Piloting and UTM Canada's Assistance for your BVLOS and Visual Projects

The rise of drones has transformed many industries, from agriculture and cinematography to surveillance and delivery. However, the use of drones is subject to strict regulations to ensure security and privacy. In Canada, Transport Canada is the body responsible for regulating drone piloting. In this article, we will explore the main guidelines of this regulation and how UTM Canada can help you realize your projects, whether in flight beyond the line of sight (BVLOS) or in visual flight.

Canadian Drone Piloting Regulations

The main regulatory requirements for flying drones in Canada include:

1. Drone Registration : All drones weighing between 250 grams and 25 kilograms must be registered with Transport Canada.

2. Drone Pilot Certificate : Drone pilots must obtain a pilot certificate, either basic or advanced, depending on the planned operations.

3. Respect Flight Zones : Drones cannot be flown in certain restricted areas, such as near airports or over crowds without special permission.

4. Maintaining Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) : Unless otherwise authorized, drones must be flown within the pilot's visual line of sight.

5. Flight Out of Line of Sight (BVLOS) : These operations require special authorizations and rigorous preparation, including detect and avoid systems.

How UTM Canada Can Help You

UTM Canada is a leader in providing drone traffic management solutions, helping businesses and individuals navigate regulatory complexities and deliver their projects safely and compliantly.

Support for BVLOS Projects

BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) flights offer many opportunities, but require careful preparation and special permissions. UTM Canada helps you:

- Obtain the Necessary Authorizations : We guide you through the process of requesting authorization from Transport Canada.

- Implementation of Security Systems : We help you integrate detection and avoidance systems to ensure the security of your BVLOS operations.

- Training and Certification : Our training programs prepare you to meet regulatory requirements for BVLOS operations.

Assistance for Visual Projects

Even for VLOS operations, good preparation and rigorous compliance are essential. UTM Canada offers:

- Mission Planning : We help you plan your flights while respecting all restriction zones and regulatory requirements.

- Registration and Certification : Assistance in registering your drones and obtaining the necessary certificates.

- Technical Support : Ongoing technical assistance to ensure that your drones operate optimally and safely.


Canadian drone piloting regulations are designed to ensure safe and efficient flight operations. With UTM Canada, you have a trusted partner to navigate these regulations and complete your projects, whether BVLOS or visual, in complete compliance and safety. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you achieve your drone flight goals.

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