Transport Canada proposes new drone regulations
Transport Canada has proposed new regulations for operating recreational and commercial drones between 250 g to 25 kg.
Under these draft regulations, all those who wish to fly recreational or commercial drones weighing 250 g or more would be required to purchase a minimum of $100,000 in liability insurance.
Additionally, drone operators would be required to pass a basic knowledge test. Flying that falls into the category of complex operations (between 1 kg to 250 kg in urban areas, within controlled airspace or close to airports) will require a pilot permit from Transport Canada.
Currently Transport Canada regulations already require operators to keep their drones at certain minimum distances from people, vehicles and airports. The proposed regulations would actually relax some of these requirements. Recreational operators with drones between 250 g to 1 kg would be required to keep them at 30 m from people (previously 75 m).
Those operating commercial drones weighing 25 kg or less and within visual line-of-sight would no longer be required to obtain a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC). However, those that fall under complex operations would be required to register their drones at a fee.
See full details of these draft regulations here.
Transport Canada is accepting feedback and comments until October 13, 2017. You can submit them here.
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