8.1 Do you have a Special Flight Operating Certificate (SFOC), and does it allow for the specific work we are considering?
In Canada, in all but a few rare situations, a valid Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), authorized by the Minister of Transport, is required by a commercial
UAV operator. The SFOC sets out operational requirements and limitations. An operator may have a limitation of payload able to be operated, so it's prudent that
you confirm with the operator the type of data you wish to collect.
Not all SFOC’s are the same, and not all operators are alike. Ensure that the SFOC meets your mission requirements.
8.2 Do you carry liability insurance?
Operators conducting UAV work are required to have minimum liability insurance of $100,000. More commonly, operators are carrying $500,000 to $1,000,000 of
8.3 What kind of data can you collect, and/or process?
The UAV is only a platform to carry a payload. The payload is what the operator will be using to collect raw data for you. Data can be in the form of aerial
photographs, aerial cinematography, NDVI, FLIR, etc. You may be interested in only collection of raw data, or you may be interested in an operator with the ability to
process the raw data as well (for example, editing of video or GIS processing). It is important to remember that there are two professions at stake; a) a UAV operator
that can safely and legally navigate a platform to allow a payload to collect raw data, and b) special skill-sets (if required) to process the raw data into a usable product
(edited video, 3D modelling, GIS survey or mapping).
8.4 Does your SFOC allow for to operate where we are intending?
Canada is divided into several regions, and the SFOC may be specific to that region. Further, there is some airspace in Canada, in which all, not just commercial, UAV
use may be prohibited. CanFly Drones completes a Flight Release, prior to each mission, so that flight in an unauthorized area will not occur.