What did I pass? The Transport Canada Pilot
Certificate for (RPAS) Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, Visual
line-of-sight (VLOS) .
The test for the Basic Certificate is 35 multiple
choice answer questions that you get 90 minutes to do it in. It is done on-line
at a cost of $10.00. you need a 65% grade to pass. If you fail, you have to
wait 24 hours before you can take it again and you can take it as many times as it
takes to get a passing grade. Most of these questions have nothing to do with
RPA flying and more to do with flying full-scale aircraft.
|Another Nice Landing
As a member of MAAC, Model Aeronautics Association of
Canada, I was exempted from those regulations if I was flying from an approved
MAAC flying field. Due to an error in site approval of some fields, which MAAC
was trying to correct, Transport Canada took away our exemption and suspended
all out door flying until we obtained our pilot certificate. All sites have to
be reapproved before we can fly at them.
There are restrictions that come with the Basic Pilot
Certificate. To name a few, fly no higher than 400 feet above ground level, fly
100 feet away from spectators, no closer than 3 nautical miles from an airport
and 1 nautical mile from a heliport. Also, every RPA has to be registered with
Transport Canada, it will be assigned a registration number which must be
affixed to that aircraft and every aircraft that you own, cost of $5.00 per.
I don’t disagree with some regulations, but their
tests need to be more in line with the type of flying we are involved in.
I do not mind telling you that after looking at all the study material, AIM and the CAR, I was very nervous at whether this old dog was going to be able to pass this test, even taking it multiple times if necessary. I surprised myself and gave a huge sigh of relief when I passed it on the first attempt with a 74% grade.
|Quartzsite Desert flyers Field
We are three weeks away from leaving the park and
starting our trek home. This past Wednesday, I conducted our last Quartzsite Desert
Flyers meeting for this season, the next meeting will be in November.
Thanks for following along. I know this post may be
boring to some, but interesting to others. Until the next time, take care.