The UAV Boom — Managing Risks, Leveraging the Benefits & Training Operators


Between 2010 and 2013, Transport Canada issued 1,527 approvals for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations, with the number growing every year. Last fall, the organization announced exemptions to the Special Flight Operations Certificate, once mandatory for all non-recreational use of UAVs.

Find out if you need permission to fly a UAV.

Aeryon Scout UAS | Photo: Sterling Cripps, CCUVS
Aeryon Scout UAS | Photo: Sterling Cripps, CCUVS

The exemptions could pave the way for even further interest from the agriculture sector, which has already seen aerial crop scouting and UAV spray units.

And interest was certainly abound at FarmTech, last week, when Sterling Cripps, the chief operations officer for the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems, joined Steve Myshak, co-owner and operator at Ventus Geospatial, to speak about the opportunities for UAV use in Canada. The duo addressed everything from aerial imagery and remote sensing to Canada’s global position on UAVs.

Shaun Haney caught up with Cripps to learn about some of Transport Canada’s rules and regulations, as well as some of the training opportunities available to prospective UAV operators. You can find that interview below.

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