If you’re a drone pilot in Canada, you’ll want to hear about the new set of rules just released for flying as a hobbyist in the country.
Transport Canada released new drone regulations that will make it a bit tougher to fly for fun. Under the new rules, drones may not fly higher than 90 meters, or 295 feet.
Recreational pilots may not fly closer than 75 meters (about 250 feet) from buildings or people. Pilots must also be at least 9 kilometers or 5.5 miles from airports, heliports or aerodromes.
Night time flying as a hobbyist is prohibited. Additionally, pilots must write their contact information (including name, address and telephone number) on their drones.
The Drone Manufacturers Alliance released a statement in response to Canada’s new regulations. Director Kara Calvert said: “These sudden regulations, imposed without input from Canada’s tens of thousands of responsible drone pilots, will hurt innovation and education without a corresponding improvement in safety.”
A press release from Transport Canada stated that recreational drone incidents have tripled since 2014. Under the new regulations, any pilot who violates the rules could be subject to fines of up to $3,000.
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