Pathfinder Program

Iris Automation introduces Canada Pathfinder to accelerate your BVLOS operations in Canada.

Includes the safety equipment, regulatory services, training, and proving facilities required for acquiring BVLOS flight competency and achieving future regulatory approvals—all in one simple, affordable solution.

Key Features

Pathfinder is open to companies, within and outside of Canada, seeking to perform BVLOS drone operations in Canada.

Flight Training

Expert-led BVLOS pilot and flight training 

Accelerated Approval

Expedited regulatory clearance to support BVLOS training based on your aircraft, C2, and safety systems

BVLOS Safety System

Your aircraft to be equipped with Casia Long Range, Iris Automation’s Detect-and-Avoid safety technology  

Engineering Support

Support, training, and integration of the Casia system from Iris Automation’s engineers

Test Center Access

Hosted and supervised BVLOS flight instruction and testing at an official RPAS test center

Regulatory Support

SFOC application process supported by aviation policy expert consulting and access to the Regulatory Resource Center 


Receive a baseline of prerequisites needed for achieving BVLOS advanced operations approval from Transport Canada (TC)

Expedited issuance of TC Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) for BVLOS flights within test center

Team training and standard procedures on how to perform safe BVLOS operations

Obtain the BVLOS flight heritage necessary for future SFOC applications

 Detect-and-Avoid enabled aircraft approved by TC for BVLOS operations in Canada


  is the leading system for commercial drone Detect-and-Avoid capabilities. As part of this program, customers receive the Casia Long Range system to prove airspace safety and meet regulatory BVLOS requirements. 

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Partner test sites

We’ve partnered with two of Canada’s leading RPAS test facilities for support, training, and proving BVLOS flight competency: 

  • Foremost Centre for Unmanned Systems in Alberta
  • UAS Centre of Excellence (CED) in Alma, Quebec

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