Flying larger drones in Canada will now require citizens to pass an online test and get a pilot’s certificate under recently announced rules by Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau.
The new regulations come into effect June 1st of 2019. The rules will apply to all drone operators, regardless of the type of usage of the drone. Whether it be recreational, work related, or research based.
Operators will have to register their drones and have them marked with registration numbers. Age limits will be introduced as well, starting at 14 years old.
The most recent numbers show increases every year in the number of incidents involving Federal aviation officials. There were 208 complaints about drones in 2016, up from 83 in 2015 and 39 in 2014, a federal air incident database shows.
The general outline of the new rules and regulations are as followed:
- Pilots will have to keep their aircraft below 122
metres— 400 feet — above ground level and stay away from air traffic.
- Drone operators will have to apply for a pilot’s certificate
- New laws for drones restricts flying over 400 feet in urban areas
The new rules, which cover drones weighing between 250 grams and 25 kilograms, are aimed at countering a growing trend of drone incursions into space reserved for air travel.
Violators could be subject to fines of up to $25,000 and prison.
Only time will tell if these new regulations will be effective. The regulations are definitely a step that some will say is government overreach, but many are welcoming the changes with open arms, especially the aviation industry. What do you think