OTTAWA ANNOUNCES FLYING RESTRICTIONS FOR RECREATIONAL DRONES

Mar 16, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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Recreational drone users face new rules on where and when they can fly the remote-controlled devices.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced the safety measures at Billy Bishop airport Thursday.
(Frank Gunn / Canadian Press)
Effective immediately, users will face a fine of up to $3,000 if drones weighing more than 250 grams are caught flying:
–Higher than 90 metres
–Within 75 metres of buildings, vehicles, vessel, people or animals
–More than 500 metres away from the user
–At night, in clouds or somewhere they cannot be seen
–Within 9 kilometres of somewhere aircraft take off or land or a forest fire
–Without the user’s name, address and phone number marked on the device
–Over forest fires, emergency response scenes or controlled airspace
Garneau says some of the rules existed only as guidelines before now with no specific penalties.
Transport Canada has noticed a large increase in the number of reported safety incidents involving drones in the last three years.
There were 41 in 2014, 85 in 2015 and 148 last year.
If you see someone flying a drone illegally Transport Canada urges you to call 9-1-1
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