If you are using is commercially, you MUST be
licensed, and if you are using it 'for recreation' there now are strict rules.
Rules for recreational drones
If you fly your drone for fun and it weighs more
than 250 g and up to 35 kg, you do not need
special permission from Transport Canada to fly.
Follow the basic safety rules below. Not doing so
may put lives, aircraft and property at risk. If
you fly where you are not allowed or choose not
to follow any of the rules below, you could face fines of up to $3,000.
Do not fly your drone:
* higher than 90 m above the ground
* closer than 75 m from buildings, vehicles,
vessels, animals, people/crowds
* closer than nine km from the centre of an
aerodrome (any airport, heliport, seaplane base
or anywhere that aircraft take-off and land)
* within controlled or restricted airspace
* within nine km of a forest fire
* where it could interfere with police or first responders
* at night or in clouds
* if you cant keep it in sight at all times
* if you are not within 500 m of your drone
* if your name, address, and telephone number
are not clearly marked on your drone.
The list above is an overview of the new rules
for recreational drone users. Consult the
Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft for
the full list of provisions. Members of the
Association of Canada (MAAC) who operate at MAAC
sanctioned fields or events are not subject to these rules.
for fun? New rules for recreational drone users
(PDF, 4 MB)
Tips for recreational drone users:
* Fly your drone during daylight and in good weather.
* Keep your drone where you can see it with
your own eyes not through an on-board camera, monitor or smartphone.
* Make sure your drone is safe for flight
before take-off. Ask yourself, for example: Are
the batteries fully charged? Is it too cold to fly?
* Respect the privacy of others. Avoid flying
over private property or taking photos or videos without permission.
Non-recreational drone: If you fly your drone (or
UAV) for work or research, or if it weighs more
than 35 kg, you must get a Special Flight
Operations Certificate (SFOC). The SFOC tells you
how and where you are allowed to use your UAV.
For more information on the SFOC, read
permission to fly your drone.
Does Transport Canada approve schools that can teach me to fly my UAV safely?
We do not approve UAV training organizations or
recognize certificates for UAV operations.
All UAV pilots are responsible to ensure they
have the right level of knowledge, experience and
skills required to safely operate. You may access
UAV pilot training from sources including:
* UAV operators and manufacturers
* manned aviation flight training organizations
* third parties
When flying a UAV (non-recreational drone) in Canada, you must:
* follow the rules in the Canadian Aviation Regulations:
* section 602.41
* respect the
Code, your provincial Trespass Act, as well as
all applicable municipal, provincial, and territorial laws that apply
When flying a model aircraft (recreational drone) in Canada you must:
* follow the rules of the
Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft
Transport Canada inspectors investigate reports
of unsafe and illegal drone use. We may involve
local police if other laws (e.g., the Criminal
Code and privacy laws) have been broken.
You could face serious consequences including
up to $25,000 in fines and/or jail time if you:
* put aircraft at risk
* fly where you are not allowed
* endanger anyones safety
* If you fly where your drone recreationally
where you are not allowed or choose not to follow
any of the rules outlined in the
Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft you
could face fines of up to $3,000.
* If you fly a UAV without an SFOC and should
have one, we may fine up to $5,000 for a person and $25,000 for a corporation.
* If you do not follow the requirements of
your SFOC, we may fine up to $3,000 for a person
and $15,000 for a corporation.
Transport Canada is developing new regulations to
address the safety requirements, growing
popularity, and economic importance of UAVs. Proposed changes include:
* new flight rules
* aircraft marking and registration requirements
* knowledge testing
* minimum age limits
* pilot permits for certain UAV pilots
We published a
of Proposed Amendment in May 2015 to highlight
these changes. Canadians will be able to comment
on the proposed amendments when they are
Gazette, Part 1.
permission to fly your drone
a drone incident
incident report form
At 11:39 PM 11-04-2017, you wrote:
I have a DJI Phantom 4 pro. We primarily use it
to inspect tower antennas for ICE damage after
storms. Saves climbing time etc. I must look at
the legalities here in Canada, but since we are
flying only around our towers
I believe itâs a
safee bet no one is going to bug me. After all,
if air traffic is anywhere near our towers
are bigger prooblems. Flying over busy streets
and people or near an airport, you are asking for problems.
Andreas Wiatowski, CEO
Silo Wireless Inc.
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From: <wireless-boun...@wispa.org> on behalf of
David Jones <d...@nglconnection.com>
Reply-To: WISPA General List <email@example.com>
Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 1:58 PM
To: WISPA General List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [WISPA] What would you use a drone for?
Good day, I am trying to list out all the uses
for a drone to justify buying one.
Here are a few that I have come up with:
1. New tower site surveys. we are running into
areas that our standard 45' tower will not cut
it. (I know its short but hey we have elevation
changes from 7200' to 8600' in less than 3
miles.) a drone could be used to determine how
high a tower needs to be to get the best coverage.
2. Tower maintenance. We have a water tower that
we are on that is no longer in use nor
maintained. The top ladder is about to fall off
and we need to get it repaired. A drone can take
the needed pictures from the top to help us
determine what parts/bolts/welder we need to fix
it. That would save a trip with an 80' bucket
truck so we only will need it once.
What else can anyone think of for use of a
drone? What would justify the cost to make it clearly a tool and not a toy?
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