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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:21 am    Post subject: Transport Canada imposes new restrictions on Drones Reply with quote

( the nanny state has decided to target recreational Drone users in Canada with a sweeping set of new regulations aimed at restricting drone use in certain areas )

Transport Canada imposes new restrictions on drone users

Published March 16, 2017 - 12:11pm

Halifax Stanfield International Airport supports the new rules that they say will improve airport safety.

Halifax International Airport has thrown its support behind Transport Canada imposing new restrictions on all recreational drone users.

On Thursday, transport minister Marc Garneau announced new rules for drones, which will take effect immediately.

Under these new rules, drone users must mark their drone with their contact information. They can’t fly higher than 90 metres, within 75 metres of buildings, vehicles or people. They also need to stay more than 9 kilometres away from any airport, heliport, aerodrome or water aerodrome where aircraft take off and land.

Transport Canada says that any recreational operator who fails to comply with the new flying restrictions and conditions could be subject to fines of up to $3,000.

Joyce Carter, the president and CEO of Halifax International Airport, supports these changes.

"Safety at Halifax Stanfield is our top priority, and we believe these new measures will reduce the risk to aerodrome property, aircraft, and lives,” Carter said in a news release.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( these rules are very sweeping and effectively ban drones in many cities and areas near cities if they are near airports or even hospitals that have helicopter pads )

New rules for flying recreational drones in Canada revealed

Recreational drone users can't fly higher than 90 metres or at night or they'll face fines

By Andrew Foote, CBC News Posted: Mar 16, 2017 9:54 AM ET| Last Updated: Mar 16, 2017 12:09 PM ET

Transport Minister Marc Garneau announces new safety restrictions on recreational drones at Billy Bishop airport in Toronto on Thursday.

Recreational drone users in Canada face new restrictions on where and when they can fly their remote-controlled devices, under new rules being announced today by Transportation Minister Marc Garneau.

The rules, which are effective immediately, mean recreational users will face a fine of up to $3,000 if drones weighing 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. Brian Stubbs said at the announcement at Toronto's downtown Billy Bishop Airport that police could really only penalize someone using a drone dangerously if they broke a section of the Criminal Code, such as criminal negligence or mischief.

"These regulations will give us a [less harsh] way to manage these types of calls," he said.

"Of course discretion is a part 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 Criminal Code."

Transport Canada says anyone who sees someone flying a drone illegally should call 911.

The new rules do not apply to people flying at sites and events sanctioned by the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada, a national model aircraft association Garneau said has an excellent safety record.

More incidents being reported

Garneau pointed out that people who use drones for commercial, academic or research reasons already have to get a special certificate, and most fly them safely.

But he added that Transport Canada has noticed a large increase in the number of reported safety incidents involving drones in the last three years: 41 in 2014, 85 in 2015 and 148 last year.

"I believe that we have to strike the right balance between encouraging the drone industry, but doing it responsibly," he said.

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He said an overhaul of Canada's regulations for all unmanned aircraft is coming in June, but there's an urgent need to do something now on an interim basis.

"When it comes to safety, I don't think anything is overkill," said Garneau in response to a reporter's question.

"I have read almost on a daily basis reports from pilots coming into airports, on the flight path, and reporting seeing a drone off the wing."

Effect on urban users?

In a statement, the Ottawa International Airport Authority called this a "necessary and welcome move."

"As drones grow in popularity, we need to work closely together to ensure that our skies remain safe for aviation activity while keeping communities safe from collateral harm," said Mark Laroche, the airport authority's president and CEO.

Others wondered where drone users in cities would have left to fly.

"There are places where drones can be used, I would encourage people to contact the Model [Aeronautics] Association of Canada or to find an area that is more remote," Garneau said.

"We've had too many incidents of drones landing near people, landing on cars and they pose a hazard. If they're over 250 grams they can cause serious damage, including killing people."


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has there been any injuries, let alone deaths, caused by drones?

Once again we are being protected from what might happen.
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