DRONEBOY NEWSLETTER

AUGUST 2017

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Welcome to the August edition of our DroneBoy Newsletter.  It continues to be a very busy summer but we wanted to take a little time and bring you up to speed with a few things that are happening in the sky around here.  Enjoy!

Flying Downtown
Flying Downtown

Flying Drones in Busy Downtown Locations

Almost daily we have film and TV producers call us asking “how long does it take for you guys to pull a permit to fly drones in downtown Toronto (Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Halifax…)?” The answer is simple – we already have this permission in place and could do it tomorrow, or even this afternoon just so long as production has their film permit and the required security assets in place and ready to go.


DroneBoy has what is called a Standing Special Flight Operations Certificate (S.F.O.C.). This is our flight permit and the golden ticket that allows us to operate any time within each of the five flight regions in Canada. This means that we are good to go just as long as the project is within the rules set out in our S.F.O.C. There are LOTS of stipulations on our flight permit but the big ones are that the drone must remain at least 100’ horizontal separation from the public, not go above 400’ and that there can be no flying over active roads or property we don’t have permission to overfly etc. The same rules that we implement on every other job we fly.


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S.F.O.C.
Just What Is An S.F.O.C.?

Just What Is An S.F.O.C.?

To commercially fly drones in Canada the Operator (company, pilot etc.) must have a couple of important things in place. Yes, they must know how to competently fly a drone but in this article I am talking about the legal and regulatory side of things. The first thing an Operator requires is aviation specific commercial general liability insurance (CGL). The amount of the policy will vary depending on the scope and scale of the operation and the perceived risk. The second item an Operator requires is a Special Flight Operations Certificate or S.F.O.C. for short. The S.F.O.C. is issued by Transport Canada (TC) and it is received after the operator successfully submits their application based on all the requirements listed in Transport Canada’s very detailed Staff Instruction document. There is now a generic form for each of the five flight regions in Canada but the Operator must still create the bulk of their application from scratch based on their company operations, staff experience and accreditations, general procedures, emergency procedures and the particulars of their hardware and of the systems they use. When the Operator first starts down this path the process of obtaining an individual S.F.O.C. can take 20 or more business days (often way more depending on TC workload) and they can only be submitted on a per job basis for a small series of dates and a specific location and operation. Obviously, this is very limiting and really doesn’t support the business of flying drones very well but it is what every Operator must start out doing. After a whole bunch of successful single operation S.F.O.C.s things get better…

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Our DJI Inspire 2 Is Here
Our DJI Inspire 2 Is Here

Our DJI Inspire 2 Is Here

Drone Live Streaming

 

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We are happy to announce that we have added the DJI Inspire 2 to our ever-evolving fleet of drones here at DroneBoy. I thought this would be a good time to reflect on how far this iconic drone has come before I delve into its awesome new features and industrial design on our new model.


Ever since the first Inspire 1 X3 drone / camera package came on the market just over two years ago it immediately became one of our most popular systems for film and photography jobs. The image quality VS size VS cost to fly equation was just about right for all but the most discerning productions...




Drone Safety Bulletin

What you should know before you hire a drone team


Drone Safety Bulletin

Our Drone Safety Bulletin has been such a huge success by way of informing folks what we can and cannot do with drones we have included it again this newsletter.


Feel free to pass this bulletin around and call us if you have any questions about how to stay compliant while working with this amazing new drone technology.


FULL DOCUMENT: CLICK HERE