When buying a drone, it's important to choose the right one for you. That means selecting a drone that is safe enough to do what you want to do with it. We developed a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Safety Assurance rating system to help with this.
On this page
- Advanced operations require RPAS Safety Assurance
- Declaring your drone for advanced operations
- List of drones eligible for advanced operations
Advanced operations require RPAS Safety Assurance
The RPAS Safety Assurance tells you what advanced operations your drone is approved for.
These include flying your drone:
- in controlled airspace
- near or above people
You must operate your drone within the limits outlined in the RPAS Safety Assurance declared by the drone manufacturer. Manufacturers may self-declare to Transport Canada that specific models of drones meet the requirements for advanced operations.
Drone safety requirements for basic operations
Basic operations pose less of a risk to people and aircraft. Your drone does not need to have an RPAS Safety Assurance for basic operations.
Drone safety requirements for advanced operations
Advanced operations pose a higher risk to people and aircraft. They include operations near people, over people and in controlled airspace.
A drone must meet the relevant RPAS Safety Assurance requirements to conduct specific advanced operations. Meeting the RPAS Safety Assurance for one advanced operation does not make the drone fit for all of them.
For example, a drone may be allowed to operate at a horizontal distance less than 30 metres (100 feet) from bystanders but not over them.
Declaring your drone for advanced operations
If you build or modify drones, you can submit a drone safety assurance declaration to Transport Canada identifying the capabilities of the system.
List of drones eligible for advanced operations
The table below lists drone manufacturers and models that are eligible for certain advanced operations.
If your drone is listed
Drones are listed only if they have an RPAS Safety Assurance declaration submitted by their manufacturer. If your drone isn’t listed, the manufacturer may have yet to submit the declaration or the declaration is yet to be reviewed. You’ll be issued a new registration certificate if the declaration is submitted. Contact your drone’s manufacturer to ask if a declaration will be submitted.
Categories of advanced operations:
- Controlled airspace - flying your drone within airspace controlled by air traffic control (Class A-F)
- Near people - flying your drone within 30 metres (100 feet) and 5 metres (16.4 feet) of any person not associated with the operation
- Over people - flying your drone within 5 metres (16.4 feet) or directly over any person not associated with the operation
Find your drone and its ratings
Instructions: Sort any column by selecting the arrows. Enter a manufacturer, model or type in the filter items field to find your drone.
|Manufacturer name||Model||Type||Manufacturer RPAS safety assurance|
|Controlled airspace||Near people||Over people|