SFOC Application

SFOC Application

Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) in Higher-Risk Environments

Obtaining a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) is essential for conducting drone operations in higher-risk environments in Canada. At AUAV, we provide comprehensive guidance to navigate the SFOC application process, ensuring compliance with Transport Canada’s regulations.

Who Needs to Apply:

An SFOC-RPAS is required for operating drones in specific conditions beyond basic or advanced operations. You need this certificate if your drone operations involve:

Flying an RPA weighing over 25 kg
Flying beyond visual line-of-sight
Flying above 122 meters (400 ft)
Flying more than five RPAs simultaneously within 9.3 km (5 NM) of an aerodrome or in controlled airspace
Carrying dangerous or hazardous payloads

What You Need to Fly in Higher-Risk Environments:

Drone Pilot Certificate

Hold a drone Pilot Certificate – Advanced Operations

Compliance Checklist

Compile the documentation specified in the Compliance checklist


Complete the Specific Operational Risk Assessment (SORA)


Submit the Application for a Special Flight Operations Certificate RPAS form

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Looking to kickstart your UAV or Drone Service business in Canada? It’s an exciting venture, but one that comes with its own set of challenges, particularly regarding regulatory requirements. At AUAV, we have hands on experience to apply for SFOC successfully, we’re here to help you navigate the skies safely and legally.

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