Safety Rules for the Québec Film and Video
1. Whenever an aircraft is used in a scene, the producer
must appoint an aerial coordinator and together they
must choose the most qualified pilot for the work to
2. The aircraft pilot is the authority for all decisions
involving the aircraft and flight manoeuvres.
3. All flights must comply with Transport Canada regu-
lations on aviation.
4. For filming or recording purposes, the pilot must:
• inform Transport Canada in writing two weeks in
• obtain all necessary certificates or waivers, give
them to the safety coordinator and make them
available for inspection on the set;
• obtain all necessary authorizations for takeoff and
landing manoeuvres above inhabited areas.
5. The call sheet must be accompanied by a copy of this
guideline as well as a note warning the production
crew whenever an aircraft is used (e.g., “A helicopter
will fly close to the production crew today. If anyone
has any objections, please inform the safety coordi-
nator about them.”).
6. When an aircraft is used, a first aid attendant assigned
solely to this task must be on site, regardless of the
number of workers.
7. The safety coordinator and aerial coordinator must
assess the hazards, determine what protective equip-
ment is necessary, and make sure that the people
involved wear it. When filming or recording takes
place above a large body of water, the pilot must
determine the protective equipment that the passen-
gers must wear (life jackets, survival suits, etc.).
8. Smoking is strictly forbidden within 30 m of an aircraft
or refuelling area.
9. An aircraft on the ground can be easily damaged.
The pilot’s consent must therefore be obtained before
pushing the aircraft, sitting on it, placing an object on
it, etc. If an object falls on or into the aircraft, the
pilot or aerial coordinator must be immediately
10. Before filming or recording a sequence or a stunt
involving an aircraft, the production crew must be
informed about the hazar