Drone Regulations Coming, Says Transport Canada

By admin | Regulation

Mar 28

Transport Canada is evaluating the United States method of enforcing laws with regards to recreational drones.

According to Transport Canada, there are impending drone regulations, which will help enforce the current guidelines for recreational drones. Katherine Starr of CBC News reveals that certain categories of drones will most likely need to be registered as part of the new regulations.

Starr reports that recreational drones are becoming more popular as it is estimated that one million were given as gifts this past Christmas across North America. Starr outlines parts of Aaron McCrorie, director of civil aviation at Transport Canada interview on CBC News Network’s Power & Politics regarding this topic. McCrorie says, “This is a whole new dynamic world, and new people, new entrants into this industry are just not familiar with the aviation safety requirements.”

Starr further reports that Transport Canada current guidelines for recreational drones are: recreational drones are to be flown at least nine kilometres away from airports. In addition, recreational drones shall not be flown any higher than 90 metres above the ground and must be 150 metres away from people, buildings, and vehicles. Starr further outlines McCrorie’s statement that Transport Canada will “issue fines up to $25,000 for improper use of recreational drone, depending on the circumstances, such as whether a drone user is ‘willfully violating airspace’ or posing a threat to an aircraft trying to land.” These guidelines can be tough to enforce. Starr further reports last week in Belleville, Ontario a recreational drone crashed into a car causing $1,000 in damage to the car. Fortunately, there were no injuries involved in the incident.

In order to enforce guidelines, Transport Canada is evaluating the United States method of enforcing laws with regards to recreational drones. Starr states “The Federal Aviation Administration recently required drone owners to register their devices or risk a $27,500 US fine.” McCrorie states in his interview that Transport Canada is assessing whether to ‘register certain categories [of drones]’ and having ‘markings on the models’ in order to enforce regulations.

Starr concludes that Transport Canada is currently evaluating what new regulations they should enforce due to the sophistication and popularity of recreational drones.

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