Aerial photography and videography are quickly overtaking the market. But before you hire your neighbour's cousin's co-worker to capture some epic footage for you, you need to find out if he has an SFOC.
*"What's an SFOC?"
An SFOC is a Special Flight Operator's Certificate, which is issued by Transport Canada to individuals who have undergone the proper training and passed a written exam expressing that they are knowledgeable in the required safety regulations and aviation procedures.
"It doesn't REALLY matter"
Before you go ahead with your unlicensed friend, you should know what kind of legal risks you are undertaking. Transport Canada issues fines of up to $5,000 or a year imprisonment to individuals or $25,000 to corporations for lack of compliance. The first question you should ask of anyone offering aerial services is to see their SFOC. A certified drone operator will know how to read aviation maps, will be prepared and knowledgeable in case of emergencies, will know how to identify hazards, should also hold a Restricted Operator Certificate with Aeronautical Qualification (ROC-A), and know how to submit flight plans and NOTAMs.
All of that jargon to say, make sure you are complying with aviation laws. Your drone operator should have an SFOC, and if he/she doesn't, you could be taking on a very big risk!
If you are looking for a certified operator to capture some epic shots, or have some questions, please contact us and we'd be happy to help.