UAV Regulations

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Aviation authorities around the world are integrating unmanned aircraft into civilian airspace, and each jurisdiction has its own rules and regulations. Depending on your industry and intended use of the system, different rules will apply. Restrictions may include locations, time of day, and other operating and safety parameters.

Although the application process can seem daunting, the Aeryon Labs team can provide guidance and information for a variety of applications and grants that will help you understand the regulations, submission requirements and approval process.

If you have questions about the information below, or are interested in geographies not mentioned, select the General Information option on our Contact Us form to discuss your specific needs.


For civilian applications in Canada, you must obtain a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) to operate a UAS.
Some of the information required to apply for a SFOC includes:
o    The name, address, and where applicable, the telephone number and facsimile number of the applicant;
o    The name, address, and where applicable the telephone number and facsimile number of the person designated by the applicant to have operational control over the operation (Operation Manager);
o    Method by which the Operation Manager may be contacted directly during operation;
o    The type and purpose of the operation;
o    The dates, alternate dates and times of the proposed operation;
o    A complete description, including all pertinent flight data on the aircraft to be flown

When applying for an SFOC as a Compliant Operator, applicants are required to meet a number of criteria. They must demonstrate that they are a compliant organization with qualified personnel operating a compliant small UAV within visual line of sight. Successful organizations may be granted greater geographical flexibility (including Canada-wide) and longer SFOC validity periods (up to 3 years). Qualifying commercial organizations that achieve a Canada-wide three-year SFOC will benefit through fewer applications and reduced administrative burden.

Additional requirements for the SFOC application process, as well as information on where to send the application can be found here. To discuss your specific application requirements select the General Information option on our Contact Us form.

Aeryon SkyRanger Meets Compliance Standards for sUAS Operations in Canada

The Aeryon SkyRanger is the first sUAS to fulfill compliance standards established by Transport Canada for UAV system airworthiness and design.

Since the Aeryon SkyRanger meets the criteria established by Transport Canada, organizations utilizing this sUAV fulfill a critical element of the application process to obtain an SFOC as Compliant UAV Operators in accordance with Staff Instruction 623-001.

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United States

To operate UAS in the USA, you must acquire a Certificate of Authorization (COA) through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Government entities (federal, state and local) that want to fly a UAS in civil airspace are able to apply for a COA. Common uses include law enforcement, firefighting, border patrol, disaster relief, search and rescue, military training and other government operational missions.

For commercial operators, the FAA is taking an incremental approach to safe UAS integration as the agency acquires a better understanding of operational issues such as training requirements, operational specifications, and technology considerations.

While the requirements of each COA will be specific to the application, typically they include:
o    Flights below 400 ft. AGL
o    Daytime operation in Visual Flight Rules (VFR)
o    Range limited to Visual Line of Sight (VLOS)
o    Greater than 5 miles from an airport

Commercial entities can ask for relief from airworthiness certification requirements as allowed under Section 333, in addition to relief from regulations that address general flight rules, pilot certificate requirements, manuals, and maintenance and equipment mandates.

To receive the exemptions, the firms must show that their UAS operations will not adversely affect the safety of persons or property in the air or on the ground, or will provide at least an equal level of safety to the rules from which they seek the exemptions. They also need to show why granting the exemption would be in the public interest.

For more information pertaining to the 333 Exemption rule, please visit this website.

Click here for general information regarding Aviation Regulations in the United States, or select the General Information option on our Contact Us form to discuss your specific application.
As part of the airworthiness certification, sUAS must also be assigned an N-number. For a current list of Aeryon sUAS that have met this criteria, visit the Aircraft Registry page on the FAA website.

No Drone Zone
The FAA has lead a public outreach campaign to promote safe and responsible use of UAS. Follow this link to view the materials that are designed to educate aircraft operators about the locations within the United States where UAS flights are prohibited.

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Rest of the World

For UAV rules and regulations that are relevant to your requirements within your country, please visit the website or contact your local aviation authority directly.