Canada introduces rules for recreational drone users

  • Canada introduces rules for recreational drone users

Canada introduces rules for recreational drone users

The federal government is bringing in strict measures and fines for anyone who flies a drone too close to an airport or plane.

The new rules, announced Thursday, March 16, do not affect operators of drones for commercial, academic or research purposes.

Transport Canada deserves credit for having taken this initial step to curb recreational drone use, which constitutes a hazard to aviation. They have grown from 41 incidents in 2014 to 148 incidents in 2016. The new regulations are a temporary measure that will be in place for up to one year after which permanent rules will be put in place.

The order issued this morning is an interim order; according to CBC, Garneau said in a press conference that he plans to update Canada's drone laws more fully this summer.

"When it comes to safety I don't think that anything is overkill".

Transport Canada said the drone was flying "in a reckless manner". In order to implement these safety regulations, both recreational users and enforcement agencies need easy access to information, which allows them to determine whether or not they are flying within a prohibited area. They may not fly within 75 metres of buildings, vehicles or people.

It has also been pointed out that there's a growing mindset that drones pose a clear and present safety threat, even though there has not been a single documented collision between a consumer drone and a manned aircraft.

Users are responsible for learning how to fly their drone safely and legally and to comply with the new rules.

Cases like that, in conjunction with widespread and sometimes over-hyped media coverage, seem to be contributing to a crackdown on a hobby that may not be in need of further restrictions.

Garneau emphasized that drones are capable of doing things such as monitoring wildlife or providing emergency crews with aerial views of disaster zones, but that operators should still be required to use caution.

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Violators are subject to a fine of up to $3,000 Canadian (US$2,251), and up to $15,000 Canadian (US$11,256) for corporations.