So you want to fly a drone for fun. Perhaps you want to make money, too, by working for realtors and film productions. Read on to find out the rules and regulations of flying drones in Canada.
The reality is, drones are becoming part of our life whether we fly them or not. Look up at the sky and you’ll see one buzzing around. Is it safe? That’s the argument. Drones falling from hundreds of feet above can definitely cause a lot of damage.
Safety is just a one part of it. Privacy is the other thing we worry about.
This is why the Canadian Aviation came up with pretty detailed rules and regulations of flying drones and how you can legally fly a drone without getting a massive fine or even get arrested.
All provinces and municipals have their own territorial laws for flying drones legally.
What’s the basic rule of thumb for flying drones legally?
If you’re drone weighs 35lbs and below and you’re just using it for recreational purpose, then you legally flying it without any permits.
If your drone is over this weight limit and you’re doing it for commercial use, you need to get a permit from the Canadian Aviation. If you try to break the law, you may be subject to a big fine.
Why does the Transport Department care so much about regulating flying drones?
Well there’s a lot of reasons. People have very creative minds, so when we’re given something without any rules and boundaries, we do stupid stuff like shooting fireworks at a guy trying to run away or adding lethal firearms and firing it.
So what are the rules and regulations of flying drones or the DO’s and DON’T’s?
- DO Fly your aircraft during daylight and in good weather. Don’t try to get super cool footage of the storm because no drones are ready for that kind of flying.
- DO Always keep your drone in sight. If you think flying a drone is like your videogame UAV style, it’s not. If you hit something and cause an accident, be ready to get a good lawyer because you’ll be on the hook.
- DO Make absolutely sure that prior to taking off it’s safe. Look around and make sure there’s not kites, helicopters, etc.
- DO apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate for certain situations.
- DON’T use your drone to spy on others. Respect people’s privacy.
- DON’T fly your drone 9 kilometers from any type of airport.
- DON’T fly above 90 meters because you might hit manned flying vehicles like airplanes and helicopters.
- DON’T fly above massive crowd like concerts, sporting events and yes, especially fireworks.
- DON’T fly close to a moving vehicle to try to get your Michael Bay shots. You need to be certified to do this kind of flying.
- DON’T interfere with rescue vehicles. So if there’s a forest fire, please don’t fly your drone.
To apply for Special Flight Operations Certificate, go to this link