Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in Parks

The City of Nanaimo offered a one-year pilot project that allowed members of the Nanaimo Model Airs Club, or appropriately qualified individuals, to fly Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in designated parks during park hours. The pilot project was in effect from 2019-JUL-01 to 2021-Jun-30. The pilot project was a success and the City of Nanaimo has now consider allowing RPAS to fly at Serauxman Sports Field on a permanent basis.

Where can you fly?

Appropriately qualified RPAS operators may fly at the following park:

  • Serauxmen Sports Field (850 Third Street) – Electric powered only. This is a MAAC (Model Aeronautics Association of Canada) sanctioned flying field operating under MAAC and Transport Canada regulations. MAAC membership / insurance is mandatory to fly here although Nanaimo Model Airs membership is not.
  • Elaine Hamilton Park (1631 Naylor Crescent) – this park is no longer approved for flying drones or any other RPAS – please visit our Serauxman Sports Field site

Who can fly?

RPAS flying is open to both Nanaimo Model Airs Club members and qualified individuals.

Nanaimo Model Airs Club Members

Nanaimo Model Airs club members are not required to provide documentation to the City of Nanaimo before flying as the Nanaimo Model Airs are a MAAC sanctioned club and as such operate in compliance with MAAC and Transport Canada regulations with MAAC insurance coverage.

Here's to Friendship!

For information on joining Nanaimo Model Airs Club, please contact the club by phone:

  • Fixed Wing flyers: 250-751-2990 or 250-585-5560
  • Multi-Rotors (drones): 250-240-3400 or 250-616-3342

Individual RPAS Operators

Individual RPAS operators are required to submit the following documentation to before flying:

  • Proof of appropriate Transport Canada certification
  • Proof of appropriate MAAC insurance

The Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) offers insurance for their members.

RPAS Park Rules

  • Model aircraft shall only be operated in accordance with MAAC Safety Code and Transport Canada regulations.
  • Electric-powered aircraft only
  • At Serauxmen Sports Field, a maximum of 3 RPAS may fly at any given time (fixed wing only)
  • Do not fly while other park users or maintenance staff are on the field.
  • Flying is only permitted within the boundaries of the sports fields at both locations
  • Inexperienced flyers must have an instructor

Transport Canada Regulations

Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) operators are required to comply with all applicable regulations (see Transport Canada information on flying your drone safely and legally)

Transport Canada requires either basic or advanced drone pilot certification depending on the flying location (see the drone site selection tool).

Certification requirements:

Serauxmen Sports Field – Basic drone pilot certificate ok

* Please note that Transport Canada uses the term “drone” to refer to any type of RPAS*


The onus is on RPAS operators to ensure all regulations are complied with. Any questions regarding compliance with Transport Canada’s regulatory requirements should be addressed to:


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Last updated: November 22, 2022

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