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    [FONT=Raleway]October 16, 2017 By Jim Moore [/FONT]

**The FAA has been swamped with requests from Part 107 dronepilots seeking to navigate controlled airspace, and reports of drone safetyincidents have also surged. Believing that frustrated drone pilots are flyingnear airports without waiting for airspace authorization, the agency has sought“emergency” clearance to quickly implement electronic authorization. **
The FAA has published hundreds of “grids” depictingthe maximum allowable altitudes for unmanned aircraft operations near airports.Composite image made from FAA facility map screen shot and AOPA file photo.
In a [FONT=Raleway]FederalRegister notice]( published Oct. 11, the FAA sought from theWhite House Office of Management and Budget authority to put electronicauthorization of drone flights in controlled airspace on a fast track. The agencystated that with delays of up to 90 days for approvals, “non-compliant”operations have increased sharply, and the FAA now receives an average of morethan 250 drone-related safety reports per month, and about 1,500 over asix-month period. [/FONT]
The FAA implemented Part 107 in August 2016 after a lengthyrulemaking process, and this year began publishing]( “grids” developed in collaborationwith airport tower staff that depict the maximum safe and permissible altitudesfor unmanned aircraft operations. The FAA published those maps through an online portal fordelivering unmanned aircraft data to aviators, and has long planned to usethe UAS maps to automate airspace authorization requests through the LowAltitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system. Remotepilots certificated under Part 107 who submit requeststhat comport with the published limitations through the current system canexpect approval, the FAA has said.
The FAA had expected to take until the end of the year toimplement the electronic authorization of LAANC, but the abundance of reportedsafety incidents and the backlog of airspace authorization requests receivedonline created a logjam that the FAA hopes to clear by expediting the LAANCimplementation.
“Due to the pressing safety consideration of reducing safetyreports due to non-compliant UAS operations, the FAA cannot wait the normal 90days of public comment,” the agency stated in the [FONT=Raleway]Federal Register notice Oct. 11. “Therefore, FAA isrequesting (Office of Management and Budget) approval of this collection ofinformation 7 days after publication of this Notice in the FederalRegister. Upon OMB approval of its Emergency clearance request, FAA will followthe normal clearance procedures for the information collection associated withLAANC.”[/FONT]
The FAA said LAANC will enable the agency to grant “near-realtime authorizations for the vast majority of operations,” and called immediateimplementation of LAANC “vital to the safety of the National Airspace Systembecause it would (1) encourage compliance with 14 CFR 107.41 by speeding up thetime to process authorization requests (2) reduce distraction of controllersworking in the Tower, and (3) increase public access and capacity of the systemto grant authorizations.”
The FAA expects LAANC will reduce “non-compliant” operations byat least 30 percent, cutting the number of reported safety incidents by 450 inthe coming six months.
The FAA notice was published a week after the NTSB confirmed the first midair collision]( involving a drone anda manned aircraft, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter that was patrolling New YorkHarbor during the United Nations General Assembly in September. The helicopterlanded safely despite main rotor damage, and a piece of the drone was recoveredfrom inside the helicopter that led investigators to the operator with helpfrom drone maker DJI.
The area where the Sept. 21 collision took place does not appearto be within an area where a drone flight could have been authorized, given thetightly controlled New York Class B airspace and the presence of flightrestrictions to protect the U.N. General Assembly. The U.S. Army, NTSB, and FAAare all investigating, and no sanctions have been announced against the pilot,who is cooperating with the investigation, NTSB officials said.
The FAA expects to process 124,000 airspace authorizationrequests in 2017, increasing 35 percent per year in following years. FromSeptember 2016 through July, 20,566 authorization requests had been received,and more than 6,000 remain in the process. The FAA expects that backlog willexceed 25,000 requests within the coming six months in the absence of a moreautomated system

More and more people are flying drones. Transport Canada regulates their use to keep the public and other airspace users safe. Before you take to the skies, make sure you understand the rules and follow them. Not doing so could put lives at risk and cost you up to $25,000 in fines and/or jail time.
Transport Canada is proposing new regulations to address the safety requirements, growing popularity, and economic importance of drones. Learn more about the Proposed rules for drones in Canada.

Canadian Airport Map With 9km Drone Exclusion Zones : Canada
National Research Council Canada

Montreal No Drone Fly Zone.

I need to update the regulations once they are approved, but here’s the interactive map for Ontario.

The future looks good for drones

Canada’s drone laws could be relaxed in nearfuture

The National

March 23, 2018


Canada’s drone laws could be relaxed in the nearfuture, paving the way for recreational users and first responders to reach newheights.

CBC Newshas obtained a briefing note for the transportation minister through a freedomof information request —

it suggeststhe government come up with new regulations using information it learns from apilot project that will allow Canada’s first responders to fly drones fartherthan current laws allow .

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Thanks for the post.
I am looking at purchasing a drone. Great for envelopes and roofing systems.
I am sure regulations will relax as time moves forward.

I tried the first generation and gave up = too fragile and then made myself a version of the “spectroscope” (not as good… but functional). Then too many drones - especially around airports - became controlled by applicable laws! You need to be a pilot to have a drone, or nearly!

So I’m an ex-pilot and not current and have no intention to renew my pilot’s licence to fly a drone!

So perhaps relaxing the laws is a good thing…


G, never give up. You’re the best. Fling is lots of fun.:slight_smile:

I started with fling string controlled, alcohol / glycerin lubricated, powered planes at 30 and moved on RC about a decade ago.
First generation battery mini drones. Then remote with GPS visual flight.
The GPS was not as accurate as they are today. The drone would drift off GPS position. Accuracy is paramount.
If you have an accident with DJI you can purchase all the pieces to rebuild a drone, including a chassis accident. The downside is waiting for the parts, tools and being semi skilled as a handyperson.

I will likely be purchasing an entry level drone, ><$1,800 for envelopes and roofs. Professional models start @ ><$10,000 with a good lens.

**Looks like many new drone rules next year in Canada **

Flying yourdrone safely and legally

From TransportCanada
If you plan tofly a drone for fun you must learn and follow the laws that apply torecreational drone use.
If you are usingyour drone for work or research, you will need special permission to fly yourdrone.
Mysteriousdrones near UK’s Gatwick Airport have shut down runways for almost 24 hours

The army hasbeen called in to help with the situation as tens of thousands of holidaytravelers remain stranded.

The UK’s Gatwick Airport]( is in total chaos due tomysterious, unexplained drones that keep flying near the airport,
leaving planes grounded fornearly 24 hours and tens of thousands of travelers stranded.
The drone sightings began Wednesday around 9 pm local time]( in Sussex, wherethe airport is located.
Two drones were spotted flyingnear the runway, and flights were immediately suspended. The airport tried toreopen briefly around 3 am,
Britain’s Guardian newspaper]( reports, but waspromptly shut down again just 45 minutes later after another drone sighting.
A drone was spotted yet againaround midday on Thursday, and the airport has remained closed.