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Piloting UAV’s for York Research

Step 1: Register the Pilot and Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV):

Unmanned Air Vehicles (including drones) that are used for York University research purposes are required to be registered with Risk Management Services, Finance Department. To register a UAV the applicant is required to complete a Registration/Insurance Application for UAV's and forward a scanned copy of the application to pottles@yorku.ca.

Step 2: Obtain a Certificate of Insurance:

Once the UAV and pilot are registered Risk Management Services will produce a certificate of insurance that must be carried by the pilot of the UAVat all times while the UAV is in use.

Use of UAVs and Related Legislation

The use of any unmanned air vehicle on the Keele Campus is not permitted under Transport Canada regulations without a Special Flight Operations Certificate due to the campus’ proximity to the Downsview Airport and the urban nature of campus (i.e., people, built-up area).

The use of UAV's falls under the Transport Canada regulations. These regulations differ dependent upon the weight of the UAV while it is fully loaded with any attached equipment.

  • For UAV’s with a maximum takeoff weight not exceeding 1 kilograms, that are operated within a visual line of sight (not including model aircraft or an autonomous UAV) and are NOT operated within at least 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) of a built up area or airport:. See Transport Canada Exemption from sections 602.41 and 603.66 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (available on line at http://www.tc.gc.ca/civilaviation/regserv/affairs/exemptions/docs/en/2880.htm). This exemption terminates as of December 31, 2019)
  • For UAV's with a maximum takeoff weightexceeding 1 kilograms but not exceeding 25 kilograms, with a maximum calibrated airspeed of 87 knots or less,thatare operated within a visual line of sight (not including model aircraft or an autonomous UAV). Ensure that you have read and follow the Transport Canada Exemption from sections 602.41 and 603.66 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (available on line at http://www.tc.gc.ca/civilaviation/regserv/affairs/exemptions/docs/en/2879.htm ). Please note that this Exemption is much more restrictive than the "under 1 kilogram" UAV above. This exemption terminates as of December 31, 2019)

For more information, please read: Standard Operating Procedures for Piloting of Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV’s) for Research Purposes.

 



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