New regulations for flying recreational drones
Drones – Federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau imposed new restrictions, effective immediately, on the flying of recreational drones in Canada.
Recreational users will face a fine of up to $3,000 if drones weighing more than 250 grams are caught flying:
- higher than 90 m above the ground
- more than 500 metres away from the user.
- closer than 75 m from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds, etc.
- within nine km from the centre of an airport, heliport, seaplane base or anywhere that aircraft take-off and land
- within controlled or restricted airspace
- within nine km of a forest fire
- where it could interfere with police or first responders
- at night or in clouds
- if your name, address, and telephone number are not clearly marked on your drone.
The new measures do not apply to commercial drone pilots or users at Model Aeronautics Association of Canada-sanctioned sites and events.
New signs indicating “No Drone Zones” have been posted in areas around Trudeau Airport
Anyone seeing someone flying a drone illegally should call 911 immediately.
According Transport Canada, there were 148 reported incidents involving drones in 2016. That’s up from 85 incidents in 2015, and 41 incidents in 2014.
By: Dick Nieuwendyk – mtltimes.ca