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Johnnyv
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In Canada as of June 1 2019, we will be required to have a special pilot certificate to fly any drone  weighing over 250g up to 25 kilograms. Over 25Kg, there are other special requirements. The 250 gram to 25Kg is divided into 2 categories. Basic and advanced.

The new rules also increase the maximum altitude you can fly from 300ft to 400ft and allow for night flight as long as the drone has proper lighting..

Currently the DJI drones will not fly above 300 feet here. Will DJI be sending an update to increase the altitude to 400 feet for June 1?

FYI I have already obtained my Pilot certificate and Drone registration. Total cost $15.00

https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services ... tp-15263.html#toc-1



1-12 07:10
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Hello and good day Johnnyv. Thank you for sharing this very informative information regarding the new law that will take in effect on June 01, 2019. This information will be very useful to all our drone pilots in Canada and thank you for your support. As of the moment I do not yet have the list of drone that will be included that are intended to be declared. Rest assured once the list is finalized it will be posted on our official website at www.dji.com. Thank you for your patience and support with this matter. Thank you.
1-12 07:42
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Got ya covered...

https://forum.dji.com/thread-177261-1-2.html


Fly responsibly...


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1-12 11:01
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Never had a problem going above 90 m or 300 before.  Just set it in the app and off we went.
1-12 13:51
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greybeard Posted at 1-12 13:51
Never had a problem going above 90 m or 300 before.  Just set it in the app and off we went.

Are you in Canada? The current rules limit you to 300. I assumed DJI programmed that in. My drone brakes at 300 even though I haven't limited it myself.
1-12 14:03
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Johnnyv Posted at 1-12 14:03
Are you in Canada? The current rules limit you to 300. I assumed DJI programmed that in. My drone brakes at 300 even though I haven't limited it myself.

Aloha Johnny,

     Down below in the lower 48 and outliers, we can set our max altitude to 500 meters which is 1640 feet and fly accordingly.  Does Canada recognize that the altitude limitation is based on altitude above a structure?  A structure has been defined as a tall tree, mountain, building, bridge, etc.

Aloha and Drone On!
1-12 17:09
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Yes, I'm in Canada, and the DJI app has not forced a height limit on the drone. In fact - full disclosure - to see if the Phantom 3 would do as the manual said, I set it to unlimited and went 1400 feet straight up before it lost contact with the controller (thank goodness for RTH).  I'll never do that again.    Now I've set it to 122 metres or 400 feet and no issues.  HOpefully DJI won't get proactive about hardwiring the app and the Federal government will just let it all go.
1-12 19:36
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Yes, No, we in Canada , have not been restricted with that height limitation, built in.

I’ve went up to 1000ft,  & even though it’s a pretty cool long view of the big sky, there isn’t that much more good about it.

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1-12 19:49
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Cetacean Posted at 1-12 17:09
Aloha Johnny,

     Down below in the lower 48 and outliers, we can set our max altitude to 500 meters which is 1640 feet and fly accordingly.  Does Canada recognize that the altitude limitation is based on altitude above a structure?  A structure has been defined as a tall tree, mountain, building, bridge, etc.

I think you are referring to Flight rule for licensed VFR and IFR pilots. They have a minimum altitude they must maintain above the ground , structures etc. I haven't flown a plane for many years so don't quote me, but I think the distance is 500 feet. The new drone regulations state a maximum altitude of 400 feet AGL. The idea is to keep separation between small aircraft and drones I would presume.
1-13 04:56
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greybeard Posted at 1-12 19:36
Yes, I'm in Canada, and the DJI app has not forced a height limit on the drone. In fact - full disclosure - to see if the Phantom 3 would do as the manual said, I set it to unlimited and went 1400 feet straight up before it lost contact with the controller (thank goodness for RTH).  I'll never do that again.    Now I've set it to 122 metres or 400 feet and no issues.  HOpefully DJI won't get proactive about hardwiring the app and the Federal government will just let it all go.

Turns out I set the max limit to 100 meters. I will leave it at that until June. I live on the shores of Lake Erie in unrestricted airspace and we regularly get yahoo pilots well under 500 feet flying along the coastline. I'm surprised that you went to a height of 1500 feet and lost control. I've flown out over he lake just under 3 miles before I started losing signal.
1-13 05:05
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Johnnyv Posted at 1-13 04:56
I think you are referring to Flight rule for licensed VFR and IFR pilots. They have a minimum altitude they must maintain above the ground , structures etc. I haven't flown a plane for many years so don't quote me, but I think the distance is 500 feet. The new drone regulations state a maximum altitude of 400 feet AGL. The idea is to keep separation between small aircraft and drones I would presume.

Aloha Johnny,

     Actually, I am referring to the US Latitudinally below Canada and Outlier States like Hawai'i and Alaska.  Of course we have different regulations but our regulations often have a shared resource, but not always.

     In the US, under the FAA regulations, drone pilots (hobbyist and Pt. 107) have an altitude limit of 400 feet above a structure.  Most often that structure is ground level.  Manned aircraft have an altitude limit of 500 feet above a structure.  This provides 100 feet of separation between manned and unmanned aircraft in the US.  You noted a similar principle in Canada.

     But, the key down here is altitude above a structure.  I live in a jungle next to and below cliffs that max out at 2000 or so feet.  I like to fly up to 1640 feet on the cliff and ridge faces - well within the 400 foot limitation.  This 1640 feet is 500 meters and is the max altitude provided by the DJI computer limitation in DJI GO 4 and DJI GO.

     It all works out well here for me.  I hope the new Canadian regulations do as well as for you.  Is there a structural equivalent in Canada for altitude issues?

Aloha and Drone On!
1-14 03:19
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Ken, you seriously need to consider visiting us, up here sometime and flying  our mountains. ;-)


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Good morning.
I currently hold an SFOC for my companies P4P and we use it to take pictures of construction sites. I like the look of the new regulations and how fast a basic user can get started, but currently some of our work in inside controlled air space. I see that there is a list for drones to be approved by TC on their website Approved Drone list but does anyone know if the DJI P4P will be able to qualify for flights in controlled air space even though it is not on the list?

Thanks
1-15 09:32
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Cetacean Posted at 1-14 03:19
Aloha Johnny,

     Actually, I am referring to the US Latitudinally below Canada and Outlier States like Hawai'i and Alaska.  Of course we have different regulations but our regulations often have a shared resource, but not always.

Thanks for the clarification. Our largest hill here is the local landfill. South west Ontario is a bit like the prairies. vary flat.

Cheers!
1-15 10:59
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mattn85 Posted at 1-15 09:32
Good morning.
I currently hold an SFOC for my companies P4P and we use it to take pictures of construction sites. I like the look of the new regulations and how fast a basic user can get started, but currently some of our work in inside controlled air space. I see that there is a list for drones to be approved by TC on their website Approved Drone list but does anyone know if the DJI P4P will be able to qualify for flights in controlled air space even though it is not on the list?

DJI has not decided yet what drones will make the list. Apparently they are working on it now.
1-15 11:07
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Johnnyv Posted at 1-15 11:07
DJI has not decided yet what drones will make the list. Apparently they are working on it now.

Hopefully it won't take too long.
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