Drone Photography and Canadian Laws

Drone Photography and Canadian Laws

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.

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