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More and more people are flying drones.

Beginning June 1, 2019 all drone pilots must carry a valid drone pilot certificate and may only fly a drone that is marked and registered.

Below are some of the important safety rules from Transport Canada.

If you are flying a drone for recreational use, it is illegal to fly closer than:

  • 5.6km (3 nautical miles) from aerodromes, and
  • 1.9km (1 nautical miles) from heliports or aerodromes used by helicopters only

Please note: Aerodromes include airports, heliports, seaplane bases or anywhere that aircraft take off or land.

If your drone weighs more than 250 g and up to 25 kg, Transport Canada’s rules are as follows:

  • The drone must stay within your sight at all times.
  • You must fly your drone at least 30 metres (100 feet) away from bystanders.
  • You must fly your drone below 122 metres (400 feet) in the air.
  • You must stay away from areas where the drone could interfere with police, first responders, or emergency operations.
  • You may only fly during the day and not in clouds
  • The drone must stay far away from other aircraft.
  • The drone must be clearly marked with your name, address and telephone number.

It is important to note that drone operators should review the full list of Transport Canada’s legal requirements before flying a drone. Additional information from Transport Canada is available here.

Click here to report a drone incident.

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