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SFOC (Canada) - question about night time operations

Discussion in 'Inspire 1 Discussion' started by Richard M, Oct 9, 2016.

  1. Richard M

    Dec 16, 2015
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    Campbell River, BC
    My company has a standing SFOC but presently limited to daytime operations only. I am drafting a new SFOC application to serve as a renewal, and would like to include dusk and night time operation.
    To be honest, I have never flown the Inspire 1 at dusk or when it is dark.
    How does one obtain experience to fly a UAV when it is dark?
    What does Transport Canada look for to consider the competency of a UAV pilot to fly when the sun is below the horizon?
    TC's staff instruction just states that the UAV must have lighting to be visible for VLOS operation, or otherwise have an alternate means of being visible, plus NVG and FPV goggles are not an acceptable means to provide unaided vision.
  2. Remote_Sensing

    Nov 4, 2016
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    I'm curious if you were successful? or have any further insight.
  3. gruvpix

    Aug 26, 2013
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    We got a 400' AGL day/200' AGL night SFOC. Wasn't too hard once we got our first one, simple modification of the application.
    I was recommended by our SFOC 'consultant' to wait a month or so before re-applying for the night ops SFOC, which I did. It was then fairly promptly granted.
    I think the competencies they look for are essentially the same. VLOS is key as you alluded to, and with the bright lights on the Inspire this isn't too much of an issue at night. I have an online UAV training certificate, for what that's worth, which I think helped matters as well.