Support for New Transport Canada Drone Safety Measures

HIAA has provided its support for new safety measures announced today by Transport Canada regarding the operation of recreational unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), also known as drones.

“These new Transport Canada safety rules pertaining to recreational drone use are welcome,” says Joyce Carter, HIAA President & CEO. “Safety at Halifax Stanfield is our top priority, and we believe these new measures will reduce the risk to aerodrome property, aircraft, and lives”.

Under these new rules, recreational drone operators must mark their drone with their contact information, and may not fly higher than 90 metres; within 75 metres of buildings, vehicles or people; or within 9 kilometres of the centre of any airport, heliport, aerodrome or water aerodrome where aircraft take off and land. Any recreational operator who fails to comply with the new flying restrictions and conditions could be subject to fines of up to $3,000.

“Transport Canada takes very seriously the increased risk to aviation safety and to people on the ground. I’m concerned that the number of reported drone incidents has almost tripled from 41 when data collection began in 2014, to 148 last year. That is why we are proceeding with this Order which takes effect immediately – to enhance the safety of aviation and the public while we work to bring into force permanent regulations,” says The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.

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