Flying Drones in Canada Legally and Safely
There are new rules for flying drones in Canada. These come into effect on June 1, 2019. Before we look into these new rules, let's understand that "drone" is a term used to refer to any type of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS).
You're not going to be able to legally fly your drone without a drone pilot certificate. it's just a question of whether you need advanced training or basic training. You need advanced drone training if:
- You are 16 years old or older;
- Your drone weighs between 0.25 – 25 kg;
- You want to fly in controlled airspace;
- You always stay under 120 metres (400 feet) above ground level;
- You want to fly within 30 metres (100 feet) horizontally from bystanders or fly over them; and
- You will always keep your drone in sight.
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Drone pilots must follow the rules in the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs). Part IX – Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems contains most of the rules that apply to drones. You should read these regulations in full before you fly your drone for the first time.
Drone pilots must carry a valid drone pilot certificate and only fly drones that are marked and registered.