MAAC

Transport Canada FAQ

What does our exemption mean?

Transport Canada is allowing MAAC members to fly as we traditionally have, follow MAAC safety code and looking to MAAC Guidelines for best practices. There are responsibilities, as there always have been, to know what airspace you are flying in and to make arrangement with the appropriate authorities if needed.

Is there a defining principle to the exemption?

Basically, there should be no circumstance where model airplanes and full-size airplanes will cross paths. It is the modellers responsibility to ensure this doesn’t happen. Beyond that, MAAC Members are basically being allowed to enjoy our hobby according to our rules.

Do I need a basic operator license from transport Canada?

No. MAAC Members only need to be members in good standing and follow sour safety code and looking to MAAC Guidelines for best practices.

Do I need to register my models with transport Canada?

No. MAAC asks members to have their MAAC number and contact information on, or in, each model and that meets the identification requirement.

Am I restricted to a maximum altitude?

No, unless restricted by the MAAC safety code or guidelines. As models fly higher, the risk of conflict with full size airplanes increases and modellers should have a plan in place to avoid that conflict. Be aware of any airspace changes you might experience with increased altitude as this might involve coordinating with the appropriate authorities.

What restrictions do I face at my club field?

You can fly as you always have at your club field, following the MAAC Safety Code, your Club Rules, and looking to MAAC guidelines for best practices.

Do I need to belong to a MAAC Club?

No, but being a member of a club has benefits that include being a part of a group of like-minded people and having an existing structure and safety culture.

Do I have to fly at a MAAC club field?

No. But you do need the permission from the land owner and you need to follow the MAAC Safety Code and look to the MAAC Guidelines for best practices.

Do I have to fly at a MAAC sanctioned event?

No, our hobby is about going out and flying for fun, and this exemption allows us to continue heading out to our favorite site and getting some flights in when we want to.

Do I need to register my own property or a neighbours field as MAAC flying site?

No, but registering the site can extend insurance coverage to the land owner.

Can I start my own club?

MAAC doesn’t recognize a club of one person, but if you regularly fly with a small group then there are benefits to forming a club and your Zone Director can help you with that process.

Can I still fly my glider above the Transport Canada altitude limit?

Yes, as long as you are following the MAAC Safety Code and looking to the MAAC Guidelines for best practices, and are conscious of what type of airspace you are flying in. In particular, make sure you make efforts to identify and avoid full size aircraft when flying.

Can I still fly my model rockets above the Transport Canada altitude limit?

Yes, as long as you are following the MAAC Safety Code and looking to the MAAC Guidelines for best practices, and are conscious of what type of airspace you are flying in.

Can I still fly Free Flight models above the Transport Canada altitude limit?

Yes, but make sure your model is equipped with a working dethermalizer and that you follow the MAAC safety code and look to the MAAC Guidelines for best practices.

Are my Control Line models covered by this exemption?

Yes, as a MAAC Member you can continue to fly your control line models as you have in the past. If your flying site is in controlled airspace that extends all the way to ground level, you will have to have an agreement with the appropriate authorities.

What if my model weighs more than 25kg?

MAAC members are allowed to fly models up to 35kg under our exemption, which is 10kg heavier than the Part IX regulations allow without a specific permit (SFOC.)

What if my model weights under 250g?

Models under 250g are not regulated by Transport Canada, but any flying activity as a MAAC Member would have to comply with MAAC Safety Code and and look to the MAAC Guidelines for best practices.

Why did MAAC get this exemption?

This exemption recognises MAAC’s 70 years record of continually promoting a culture of safety. Our current rules, policies, and guidelines were also reviewed and found to be appropriate to our activities. Keeping this exemption involves maintaining that record and culture of safety, which requires vigilance from every member.

When does this exemption expire?

This exemption doesn’t expire, but should we prove to be more of a hazard than expected it may be revisited by Transport Canada at any time. If we continue to fly as we have historically, there is no reason to expect the exemption to be withdrawn.

Do I need to complete a MAAC Wings Program?

No. While MAAC offers a range of Wings programs for training, each club still has the ability to set their own training and qualifications for proficiency. Under the exemption, you would need to be recognised as being competent before flying unassisted.

If I accidentally don’t meet the conditions of the exemption, is it revoked for everyone?

No, but if you don’t meet the conditions you will be subject to the normal Part IX regulations and penalties.