Waterloo, Ontario-based Aeryon Labs Inc. says its Aeryon SkyRanger is the first small unmanned aerial vehicle (sUAV) to conform to the requirements established by Transport Canada for UAS system airworthiness and design.
Companies using UAVs for any civilian application in Canada, unless they qualify for an exemption, must first secure a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) from Transport Canada.
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 three years). Qualifying commercial organizations that achieve a Canada-wide, three-year SFOC will benefit through fewer applications and reduced administrative burden, explains Aeryon Labs.
Because the Aeryon SkyRanger meets the criteria established by Transport Canada, entities using this aircraft fulfill a critical element of the application process to obtain an SFOC as Compliant UAV Operators in accordance with Staff Instruction 623-001, says Aeryon Labs.
“Aeryon is proud that SkyRanger can be specified as a compliant UAV – reinforcing the important distinction between aviation-grade systems such as SkyRanger and other hobby-grade systems in the sUAV market today,” says Dave Kroetsch, president and CEO of Aeryon Labs.
“As a compliant UAV, SkyRanger can be used by organizations in Canada to undertake complex and sophisticated airborne operations, all with the confidence that the system meets Transport Canada’s standards for safety, airworthiness and performance,’ he adds.