As a drone pilot, you share the sky with other drones and aircraft. It is vital to adhere to local regulations to ensure a harmonious and secure flying environment. Let’s explore the drone regulations in Canada.
Drone Laws in Canada
1. Drone pilots must adhere to The Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), and make sure you fly your drone safely and legally.
2. All drones between 250 g and 25 kg in weight must be registered. You need to be 14 years old to get a basic license and 16 years old to get an advanced license.
3. Part IX – Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems contains the majority of the rules that apply to drones up to 25 kg.
General Rules in Canada
• 250g< Drone<25KG（including）need a license.
• Fly Under 122m（400 feet).
• Fly within visual-line-of-sight.
• Away from bystanders at a minimum horizontal distance of 30 meters for basic operations.
• Away from airports and heliports, 5.6 kilometers (3 nautical miles) from airports,1.9 kilometers (1 nautical mile) from heliports.
• Away from the emergency operation site.
Where to Fly Your Drone
Operators should be aware of where it is and is not safe to fly. A drone site selection tool created by The National Research Council, helps drone operators understand airspace and find out where to fly along with the flying requirements in detail.
Here are the areas that limit the use of drones, which are extracted from the government's regulations on where to fly your drone.
• Airports, heliports, and aerodromes
• Airport, water airport, or heliports outside of controlled airspace
• Operations within 3 nautical miles of a Department of National Defense (MND) aerodrome
• National parks
• Emergency sites
• Advertised events
• Indoors, underground, near and over buildings
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