Holding the Reins on Canadian Drones

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Starting on June 1, Canada will crack down on drones, reports VancouverIsAwesome.com.  “Our new regulations will create new opportunities for Canadians by establishing a safe and predictable regulatory environment where the industry can innovate and where recreational and non-recreational drone pilots can safely access Canadian airspace,” said the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.

The new regulations start by breaking down basic and advanced rules, which have to do with the airspace occupied and the distance from bystanders. 

All pilots will be required to register and mark their drones and pass an online exam that will classify them as either basic or advance fliers. Minimum ages of 14 (basic) and 16 (advanced) will be enforced. All drones must also operate below 400 feet and stay away from air traffic.   

Pilots operating within basic and advance parameters do not need to acquire a Special Flight Operations Certificate. The certificate will be required by those operation beyond those boundaries.

Fines of up to $25,000 can be incurred for endangering people, flying a drone without a license, flying an unmarked drone, or flying a drone while under the influence. In depth information is available here.

“We’ve listened closely to feedback from Canadians and have updated our regulations to balance practicality and the safe use of drones. Drones are part of an important economic sector with significant potential to improve lives and connect communities across the country,” summarized Garneau.  Comments? Email Us.  

March 1, 2019

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