[FONT=Times New Roman]new rules for flying recreational drones in Canada revealed[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Recreational drone users can’t fly higher than 90 metres or at night orthey’ll face fines[/FONT]
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Recreational drone users inCanada face new restrictions on where and when they can fly theirremote-controlled devices, under new rules being announced today byTransportation Minister Marc Garneau.
The rules, which are effectiveimmediately, mean recreational users will face a fine of up to $3,000 if dronesweighing more than 250 grams are caught flying:
- Higher than 90 metres.
- Within 75 metres of buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals or people.
- More than 500 metres away from the user.
- At night, in clouds or somewhere you can’t see it.
- Within nine kilometres of somewhere aircraft take off or land, or a forest fire.
- Without your name, address and phone number marked on the drone itself.
- Over forest fires, emergency response scenes or controlled airspace.
Some of those rules existed only as guidelines before the announcement,Garneau said, with no specific penalties for breaking them.
RCMP Chief Supt. BrianStubbs said at the announcement at Toronto’s downtown Billy Bishop Airport thatpolice could really only penalize someone using a drone dangerously if theybroke a section of the Criminal Code, such as criminal negligence or mischief.
“These regulations will giveus a [less harsh] way to manage these types of calls,” he said.
“Of course discretion is apart of this as well too. Police officers have the discretion just to educate,perhaps, an operator of a drone, all the way to [using] the CriminalCode.”
Transport Canada says anyone whosees someone flying a drone illegally should call 911.
The new rules do not applyto people flying at sites and events sanctioned by the ModelAeronautics Association of Canada, a national model aircraftassociation Garneau said has an excellent safety record.
[FONT=Cambria]More incidents being reported[/FONT]
Garneau pointed out thatpeople who use drones for commercial, academic or research reasons alreadyhave to get a special certificate, and most fly them safely.
But he added that TransportCanada has noticed a large increase in the number of reported safety incidentsinvolving drones in the last three years: 41 in 2014, 85 in 2015 and 148 lastyear.
“I believe that we have tostrike the right balance between encouraging the drone industry, but doing itresponsibly,” he said.
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He said an overhaul of Canada’sregulations for all unmanned aircraft is coming in June, but there’s an urgentneed to do something now on an interim basis.
“When it comes to safety, Idon’t think anything is overkill,” said Garneau in response to areporter’s question.
“I have read almost ona daily basis reports from pilots coming into airports, on theflight path, and reporting seeing a drone off the wing.”
[FONT=Cambria]Effect on urban users?[/FONT]
In a statement, the OttawaInternational Airport Authority called this a “necessary and welcomemove.”
“As drones grow inpopularity, we need to work closely together to ensure that our skies remainsafe for aviation activity while keeping communities safe from collateralharm,” said Mark Laroche, the airport authority’s president and CEO.
Others wondered where drone usersin cities would have left to fly.
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[FONT=“Helvetica”] @GregorCraigie ](https://twitter.com/GregorCraigie)[/FONT]
New drone rule banning use within 9km of where aircraft take off shouldmean no drones anywhere in @CityOfVictoria](https://twitter.com/CityOfVictoria)due to float planes. #yyj](https://twitter.com/hashtag/yyj?src=hash)https://twitter.com/amkfoote/status/842375068994928641 …
10:28AM - 16 Mar 2017](https://twitter.com/GregorCraigie/status/842382166029963265)
[FONT=“Helvetica”] @johnbowman ](https://twitter.com/johnbowman)[/FONT]
The proposed recreational drone rules would effectively ban droneseverywhere in Toronto, except Scarborough. @amkfoote](https://twitter.com/amkfoote)
10:25 AM- 16 Mar 2017](https://twitter.com/johnbowman/status/842381214715641857)
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Brett Ruskin@Brett_CBC ](https://twitter.com/Brett_CBC)[/FONT]
Much of Halifax just became a no-drone zone… https://twitter.com/Brett_CBC/status/842377648496078848 …](https://t.co/EY2995XENn)
10:11 AM- 16 Mar 2017](https://twitter.com/Brett_CBC/status/842377757560569857)
“There are places wheredrones can be used, I would encourage people to contact the Model[Aeronautics] Association of Canada or to find an area that is moreremote,” Garneau said.
“We’ve had too manyincidents of drones landing near people, landing on cars and they pose a hazard. If they’re over 250grams they can cause serious damage, including killing people.”
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