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Transport Canada bans drone use near airports
16 March 2017

Transport Canada introduced a measure to prevent the reckless use of drones in Canada, banning the use within 9 km of any airport.

TC states that the number of incidents involving recreational drones has more than tripled since 2014, prompting the Minister of Transport to introduce an immediate measure which will affect the operations of model aircraft and recreational drones of more than 250 g and up to 35 kg.

The key new rules are that recreational drone operators must mark their drone with their contact information, and may not fly:

  • higher than 90 metres;
  • at night;
  • within 75 metres of buildings, vehicles or people; or
  • within 9 kilometres of the centre of any airport, heliport, aerodrome or water aerodrome where aircraft take off and land.

Operators of drones for commercial, academic or research purposes are not affected by this measure. The rules that are already in place are effective and most commercial users operate their drones in a safe manner, according to Transport Canada.

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

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