New Drone Regulations

by | Jan 17, 2019 | In the Media, News

Coming June 1, 2019

New Drone Regulations

Transport Canada has recently released a new set of regulations for Drone operators in Canada. These changes effect both individuals and corporations operating drones and come into effect June 1, 2019.

If you have already taken a class with us, you will still need to ensure you follow the new regulations. Including registering your drone(s), mark your drone, and complete the online certification.

The new regulations are divided into 2 sections, Basic and Advanced operations.

Basic operations

If you meet ALL 3 of these conditions, you’re conducting basic operations:

  • You fly it in uncontrolled airspace
  • You fly it more than 30 metres (100 feet) horizontally from bystanders
  • You never fly it over bystanders

Reminder: You must keep drone within visual line of sight (VLOS)

Advanced Operations

If you meet any 1 of these conditions, you are conducting advanced operations:

  • You want to fly in controlled airspace
  • You want to fly over bystanders
  • You want to fly within 30 metres (100 feet) of bystanders (measured horizontally)

Reminder: You must keep drone within visual line of sight (VLOS)

Special Flight Operations

You need to get a special flight operations certificate to fly if you meet any of these qualifications

  • At an advertised event
  • Drone is over 25 kg
  • Fly above 122 meters (400 ft)
  • You want to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)

Registering your drone:

All drones that have a maximum takeoff weight of 250 grams (g) up to and including 25 kilograms (kg) must be registered before flying.

Click here to register your drone.

If you fly an unregistered drone, you may be fined $1,000 for a person and $5,000 for a corporation.

Mark your drone with its registration number with either a permanent marker, permanent label or engraving.

Read the summarized rules here:

If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help.