Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in Parks – Pilot Project

Pilot Project Background

The City of Nanaimo is currently offering a one-year pilot project that allows 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 is in effect from 2019-JUL-01 to 2021-Jun-30. The City of Nanaimo will consider allowing RPAS flying at these parks on a permanent basis, depending on the outcomes of this pilot project.

Comments on the pilot project can be sent to 

Where can you fly?

Appropriately qualified RPAS operators may fly at the following parks during the pilot project:

  • Serauxmen Sports Field (850 Third Street) – Electric powered, fixed wing flying only.
  • Elaine Hamilton Park (1631 Naylor Crescent) – Multi-Rotor (drone) flying only

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 club operates in compliance with applicable regulations and has insurance for their members.

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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 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 for each park:

Serauxmen Sports Field – Basic drone pilot certificate ok

Elaine Hamilton Sports Field – Advanced drone pilot certificate required

* 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: September 4, 2020

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