New Drone Regulations announced

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INFORMATION BULLETIN – NEW DRONE RULES

As announced by the Minister of Transport on January 9, 2019, the new rules for remotely piloted aircraft systems (drones) were published in Canada Gazette Part II.

These new rules do not come into force until June 1, 2019. Until June 1, 2019:

·         Recreational drone pilots must continue to follow the rules found in Interim Order no. 9; and

·         Pilots using their drone for work or research must continue to follow the conditions of their Special Flight Operations Certificate or an existing exemption.

What do the new rules mean for you?

The new rules apply to all drone pilots flying drones between 250 g and 25 kg, regardless of whether the drone is flown for fun, work or research.

By June 1, 2019:

1 – You must register your drone and mark it with the registration number. You can register online* in about 3 minutes at canada.ca/drone-safety.

2 – You must have a drone pilot certificate for the category of operation you intend to fly (Basic or Advanced). All drone pilots will need to have taken and passed an online exam, and for advanced pilot certificates, a flight review is required as well. Find out what you will need to get your certificate at canada.ca/drone-safety.

Know Before You Go! For more information, visit canada.ca/drone-safety, email tc.aviationservicesont-servicesaviationont.tc@tc.gc.ca, or call 1-800-305-2059. 

Summary of the new regulations

The new regulations make it easier for the Police across Canada to enforce the regulations. With fines of up to $3,000 for individuals and $15,000 for organisations the penalties for non-compliance is high.

The cost of the actual license for a pilot (operator) of a drone is $10 for basic operations and $25 for advanced operations (All Home Inspectors and Real-Estate Aerial Photographers.)

Flight trainers will be expected to pay $50 for the examination for flight reviewer plus a further $125 for the endorsement of a license of a flight reviewer.

A Special flight Operations Certificate will still be required for ALL home Inspections and Commercial Inspections in residential areas, as these will all be outside of the exemptions for non-SFOC operation.

A blanket SFOC may be issued following a number of safe flights under individual SFOC operation.

This means that for Home Inspectors and those performing aerial photography, nothing has really changed. The enforcement has got easier, so those Inspectors who have been flying illegally are more likely to get caught and prosecuted.

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