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Tue, Mar 21, 2017

Canada Releases New Recreational Drone Regulations

Fines Are Much Higher Than In The U.S.

The Canadian government had released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators.

The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially.

Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters (about 295 feet) above the ground; closer than 75 meters (about 245 feet) from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) from the center of any "aerodrome" ... defined as anywhere that aircraft take off and land.

The rules also prohibit flight in controlled or restricted airspace, within about 5.6 miles of a forest fire, or anywhere the aircraft could interfere with police or first responders.

Recreational drones must not be flown at night or in clouds, and must be kept in sight at all times. The operator's name, address and telephone number must be clearly marked on the aircraft.

Fines can be as high as $3,000 Canadian, or about $2,250 U.S.

Transport Canada has also established a website where citizens can report unsafe drone use.

FMI: Transport Canada Infographic, Reporting website

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