Swiss drone manufacturer senseFly is proud to announce that its eBee has become the first fixed-wing system to be designated a compliant small UAV by Transport Canada. The distinction moves organizations that use this drone a critical step closer to achieving Compliant Operator status.

“Transport Canada’s eBee decision is testament to this product’s airworthiness,” says Jean-Christophe Zufferey, senseFly’s chief executive officer. “It is also consistent with how aviation authorities and legislators in other countries — such as the FAA in the U.S. and most recently in the Philippines — view our drones; as reliable, professional and inherently safe.”

Canadian companies that use drones for civilian applications must hold a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), unless qualifying for an exemption. An SFOC typically features an approved term of just one year and applies to a specific region.

However, holding an SFOC when an organization has been granted Compliant Operator status brings several additional benefits:

  • Greater geographical flexibility (including Canada-wide)
  • A longer SFOC validity period of up to three years
  • Streamlined SFOC renewals (reducing an operator’s admin)
  • And priority placement in the SFOC application queue

Transport Canada currently recommends that all SFOC applicants work towards becoming Compliant Operators so their operations can continue smoothly in the future when further regulatory updates are due to be completed. One of the key requirements for becoming a Compliant Operator is to employ a system that Transport Canada has designated a “compliant small UAV.”

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