Advocacy / Member News
May 28, 2024


[Edmonton, Alberta] While certainly not the first time an Aerosonde aircraft has operated in Canada, this time is different.  The RCAF Directorate of Technical Airworthiness and Engineering Services (DTAES) has issued the first Temporary Approval to Operate (TAO) for a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS).  

“The delegation of authority for Canadian UAVs to operate the Aerosonde 4.7 platform in Canada with a DND Tail number is a significant achievement. This is the first authorization of its kind for this type of platform and it demonstrates the capability of Canadian UAVs (operational airworthiness) and Textron Systems (technical airworthiness) to provide the lowest aviation risk profile for the Canadian Government. In a time when the threat environment is increasing globally, having a trusted operator flying a very capable system with over 650,000 operational hours for Canada, provides capability and peace of mind for the personnel in uniform." -- Sean Greenwood, CEO of Canadian UAVs.

As part of this operation, the Aerosonde system, with its Trillium HD80-MV and IMSAR NSP-3 payloads was tasked to track military movements, day and night, with data streams fed into the TerraSense Analytics supplied Multimodal Input Surveillance & Tracking (MIST) software in real-time.  MIST would then conduct automatic target recognition and tracking of mounted and dismounted assets moving throughout the battlespace.  This technology, when paired with cutting edge sensors allows for a 24/7, any weather capability to keep watch of the battlespace without the strenuous attention of a human operator.  

Operations were conducted in May 2024, through the often times adventurous Alberta weather, day and night.  

“We are proud of our team for being able to conduct professional and customer-oriented UAV operations in any location, at any time of day.  Whether it is land or maritime, sea to sky, we can provide the Government of Canada turnkey operations through our existing fee-for-service contractual vehicles.  I couldn’t be more proud of our team.” -- Stephen Cannon, Military Programs Manager for Canadian UAVs.

Aerosonde UAS and MIST will be featured at CANSEC 2024.  Come visit us in booth 121 to discuss your deployment needs through contractor owned and contracted operated missions here in Canada or abroad.  One Nation.  One Mission. 

About Canadian UAVs

Canadian UAVs is an unmanned aviation services company based in Calgary, Alberta. With flight safety as our first priority, we provide UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) solutions for a range of applications including contractor owned and operated missions for DND and beyond.


John Molberg
VP Military Programs
Canadian UAVs
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