Our Drone Operator Certifications

Civil and Commercial Unmanned Aerial System Safety Training Course – Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems (CCUVS)

Special Flight Operation Certificate (SFOC) Complex Operator for Western Canada

Restricted Operator Certificate with Aeronautical Qualification (ROC-A) – Industry Canada

Certified Flight Reviewer for Transport Canada

Pre-Solo Test of Air Regulations (PSTAR) Qualification

Why Are Drone Certifications Important?

If you are looking to hire a professional drone operator, here are a few key considerations in order to avoid fines and make your drone shoot experience positive:

1. What type of Special Flight Operation Certificate (SFOC) do they carry?

Commercial Drone Operators must have the right SFOC from Transport Canada in order to provide drone services in certain areas, such as close proximity to airports and within city limits.  There are three types of SFOCs, each with different levels of drone system requirements, personnel competencies and operating privileges:

  • First is Restricted Simplified SFOC, which has the tightest restrictions, and is held mostly by novice drone operators.
  • Second is Restricted Complex SFOC, which is more flexible, and is the minimum SFOC required to provide professional drone services within Calgary (and other) City Limits.
  • And third is Compliant SFOC, which offers the most privileges to the experienced commercial drone operator in terms of where they can operate and how high they can fly.

Individuals needing aerial jobs within city limits or in close proximity to airports should hire operators who hold either the Restricted Complex or Compliant SFOCs.

2. What are the penalties for non-compliance?

The penalties for non-compliance are stiff.  They may be assessed in the amount of $5,000 for individuals and $25,000 for corporations for failure to obtain an SFOC.

Penalties may also be assessed in the amount of $3,000 for an individual and $15,000 for a corporation for failure to comply with the conditions of an SFOC.

3. How much commercial insurance coverage do they carry?

Commercial Drone Operators are required to have adequate third-party liability insurance covering risks of public liability from their drone operations.  Minimum coverage required by Transport Canada is $100,000, but most professional operators carry at least $2 Million.

JZAerial Inc. carries a $5 million liability insurance coverage for drone operations.  We hold the Restricted Operator – Complex SFOCs for the Prairie and Pacific regions and are able to provide our services across Western Canada.  In business since 2012, JZAerial is one of the longest serving and incident-free commercial drone operators in Alberta.

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