Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV)

St. Albert purchased a small unmanned air vehicle (UAV, also known as a drone) as a cost-effective way to take aerial photos of the city for marketing and surveying purposes. In previous years, videographers and helicopter pilots were hired at high cost to obtain these materials. Now, this UAV pays for itself again with each successful flight!

Flying a UAV in St. Albert

All UAVs used by organizations in Canada require a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) from Transport Canada. The City has attained this certificate and will maintain its good standing at all times.

Before any use, flight plans for our UAV require approvals from Transport Canada and the circulation of a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) through Nav Canada.

Flight plans cover the:

  • purpose of the flight,
  • date and time of the flight,
  • anticipated operating area, and
  • operator's contact information

Flight plans must follow these constraints:

  • A flight height between 30 and 122 metres (100 and 400 feet)
  • A minimum buffer of 30 metres (100 feet) from people, structures, animals, and vehicles.

Once a flight has received all necessary government approvals, the City will follow its standard advertising procedure to provide residents with information on upcoming flights. Each flight could be anywhere from one to twenty minutes in duration.

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Last edited: November 9, 2019