Transport Canada just announced new drone regulations that are even more restrictive and take effect immediatly. The biggest change is that recreational drones may not fly "closer than 75 meters from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds, etc.". Fines are $25,000 and / or jail time.|
75 meters is about 250 feet. And this includes indoors. Draw a 250 foor radius around every person, animal, vehicle and building; there isn't really anywhere left to fly legally for any drone over 250 grams.
Considering that you need 100 hours of flying experience to apply for certification to fly commercially, I wonder how people are going to get these required hours to even get certified.
I fly recreationally and responsibley. Or at least I DID. Now that is not even an option anymore.
More requirements below.....
Rules for recreational drones
If you fly your drone for fun and it weighs more than 250 g and up to 35 kg, you do not need special permission from Transport Canada to fly.
Follow the basic safety rules below. Not doing so may put lives, aircraft and property at risk. If you fly where you are not allowed or choose not to follow any of the rules below, you could face fines of up to $3,000.Do not fly your drone:
- higher than 90 m above the ground
- closer than 75 m from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds, etc.
- closer than nine km from the centre of an aerodrome (any 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 you can’t keep it in sight at all times
- if you are not within 500 m of your drone
- if your name, address, and telephone number are not clearly marked on your drone.
When flying a UAV (non-recreational drone) in Canada, you must:
- follow the rules in the Canadian Aviation Regulations:
- respect the Criminal Code, your provincial Trespass Act, as well as all applicable municipal, provincial, and territorial laws that apply
When flying a model aircraft (recreational drone) in Canada you must:
Transport Canada inspectors investigate reports of unsafe and illegal drone use. We may involve local police if other laws (e.g., the Criminal Code and privacy laws) have been broken.
You could face serious consequences – including up to $25,000 in fines and/or jail time – if you:
- put aircraft at risk
- fly where you are not allowed
- endanger anyone’s safety