In 2014, CCUVS received all the necessary approvals to manage a permanent area of Restricted Airspace for flying Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Southeast Alberta. This airspace designation is the first of its kind in Canada and will be available for UAS training, research and development for civil and commercial purposes. The airspace is particularly attractive for companies that wish to fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), a capacity that opens up significant commercial opportunities. It is anticipated that flight operations could commence as early as the end of 2014.
With 700 square nautical miles (2400 square kilometres) of airspace designated for up to 18,000 feet above sea level, the Foremost Centre for Unmanned Vehicles opens up significant training, research and development possibilities for both Canadian and international companies. CCUVS will have the ability to close the airspace when approved flight operations are taking place, thereby significantly reducing any safety risks.