I recently decided to get into aerial Drone Photography and so I have some practising to do this winter. Which brings me to not only knowing how to safely fly a drone but what about the safety of others and the property around me. So a quick check with the Government site in Canada and checked out the laws or regulations for operating unmanned air vehicles? Though you might consider it a “toy,” it’s important to educate yourself about the law and flying safety regulations.
I listed a summary here of the regulations I found on Canadian govt site on operating a drone.
Transport Canada has educational tools available on its website to help photographers be safe when doing drone photography.
Transport Canada offered the following instructions for drone operators in a recent press release.
- Fly their drone during daylight and in good weather (not in clouds or fog).
- Keep their drone in sight, where they can see it with their own eyes – not only through an on-board camera, monitor or smartphone.
- Make sure their drone is safe for flight before take-off. Check if the batteries are fully charged and if it is too cold to fly.
- Respect the privacy of others – avoid flying over private property or taking photos or videos without permission.
Recreational drone operators should not fly:
- Closer than 9 km from any airport, heliport, or aerodrome.
- Higher than 90 metres above the ground.
- Closer than 150 metres from people, animals, buildings, structures, or vehicles.
- In populated areas or near large groups of people, including sporting events, concerts, festivals, and firework shows.
- Near moving vehicles, highways, bridges, busy streets or anywhere they could endanger or distract drivers.
- Within controlled or restricted airspace including near or over military bases, prisons, and forest fires.
- Anywhere they may interfere with first responders.
- Anyone using a drone for commercial or research purposes must hold a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) from Transport Canada unless they are able to meet all the strict safety conditions required for an exemption.
This is not hard reading so a quick read will give one an idea on operating a drone in your area.