Transport Canada


  • Transport Canada (TC)
  • Canadian Aviation Regulations (CAR)
  • Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC)
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) – the flying vehicle only
  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), this includes remote-controlled aircraft. – includes the flying vehicle and the ground control station (transmitter)
  • Visual Line of Sight (VLOS)

MAAC works in close cooperation with Transport Canada which is supportive of our hobby.

All MAAC members flying remotely controlled models (RPA) must comply with all TC CAR Part IX regulations and the MAAC Safety Code – note the MAAC safety code covers RPA between 0 and 25kg.

More information on legally flying a RPA in Canada can be found on the Transport Canada ‘Flying your drone safely and legally’ webpage.

Members must have at least a Pilot Certificate – Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft (VLOS) – Basic Operations and register with TC any RPA they fly.


There are a number of links below that explain the airspace requirements for remote control pilots.

MAAC Safety Code


TC - Drone Safety

Drone pilot licensing

Registering your drone

Flying your drone safely and legally

Foreign operators in Canada

Note: The Canadian Aviation Regulations is a legal document that only uses the term RPA/RPAS and does not use ‘drone’. The TC web site uses the word ‘drone’ in many of its pages and subsites. These terms are equivalent for MAAC purposes.

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