Great News. Transport Canada issued Birds-i with a “Standing Special Flight Operating Certificate”. Woohoo! It was quite the process but I’ve got it!
What this means is that I can tell clients in a moments notice as to whether or not I can proceed with a flight. This is instead of having to apply for individual, specific permits and wait a month or more for Transport Canada to say yes or no. As well, where I can offer my services in Ontario is infinitely less restrictive.
It took me five, very detailed, one-off applications to be approved before I was able for consideration for the Standing SFOC. Fortunately, a Transport Canada inspector worked with me throughout the process. No doubt having a commercial aviation background helped.