A new set of rules are on the horizon for those who operate drones for work, research or just for fun. Transport Canada has announced as of June 1, 2019, some operators of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAV), will be required to obtain a license and abide by more stringent rules.

For drones that weigh 250 grams and up to 25 kilograms will have to register their craft through Transport Canada, drones that weigh in excess of 25kg will not have to be registered, however, a special flight operations certificate.

The certificate process is also differentiated by basic and advanced operations. For basic operations, drone pilots will have to complete an online exam, whereas advanced operation certificate will also have to undergo a flight review.

Currently the ‘No Drone Zones’ include airports, busy areas where there are bystanders, national parks and border crossings. The new rules have added more specifics to the existing parameters and also added new entries into the ‘No Zone Drone’ list.

As outlined on Transport Canada’s website, the new prohibited UAV fly areas include:
• Airports, heliports an aerodromes – must not fly closer than 5.6 kilometres from any airport in the Canada Flight Supplement, and 1.9 kilometres from heliports or aerodromes used by helicopters only.
• National parks – Drone pilots are not allowed to take off or land within a national park
• Emergency sites – Drone pilots are not allowed to fly within the security perimeter of a police or first responder emergency operation. Staying clear of disaster sites such as forest fires is also prohibited
• Advertised Events – UAV’s are not allowed to fly near or over advertised events such as outdoor concerts and sporting events.
• You must be able to see the drone at all times with the naked eye
• Must be flown under 400 feet in the air
• Must be flown away from bystanders at a minimum distance of 30 meters (basic operations)

Penalties for breaking the rules differ greatly for individuals and corporations. Fines for individuals range from $1000 to $3000, where as corporation’s fines start at $5000 and go up to $15,000 for breaking the rules. For flying a drone without the proper certificate, fines can increase to $25,000 with possible jail time.

Mike Anderson, vice president of the KTown Sky Scrapers, said that he knows many who use drones for good purposes such as located lost cattle or as a simple hobby, however, he said with the recent increase in popularity, there is no doubt people trying to cause trouble with their UAV’s.

If you own or operate a drone, it is best to familiarize yourself with the new rules and regulations before they take effect later this year. Most processes appear to be completed online, for a full description of the current and new rules, visit the Transport Canada website here.

 

More Local News

Sask Pulse Growers Appoint Blackwell as Head Chair

Brad Blackwell (photo courtesy of Saskatchewan Pulse Growers)The Saskatchewan Pulse Growers elected Dinsmore area farmer, Brad Blackwell, as the head chair. Blackwell said the position is a challenge…

352 Impaired Drivers Caught Over the Holidays

With holidays, parties and get togethers during the winter months, many people end up behind the wheel while impaired. SGI and Law Enforcement put their focus on impaired driving and bringing…

Health Canada Releases Revised Food Guide

Canada’s Food Guide received it’s eighth revision since it’s inception in 1942, with the current edition making some cuts in the previous meat and dairy sections. The new guide by Health Canada, has…

Leader A Place To See

The town of Leader is located in the southwestern part of Saskatchewan, with a population of 831 residents. This small community is a hidden gem with many amazing sites to stop in and visit. The most…

Train Derailment Outside of Warman

Warman RCMP responded to the scene of a train derailment near Highway #11 and Wanuskewin this morning. Highway #11 was blocked in both directions. Early investigation indicates the train has spilled…

Continued Support from Rosetown Health Foundation

A donation from the Rosetown and District Health Centre Foundation will help with the comfort of residents at the Rose Villa Centre. Mike Morrill is a Health Care Administrator in Rosetown. He talked…

Feeling the Winter Blues?

The month of January can often lead to the winter blues. With the holiday season now over, combined with dark, cold days, it's easy to feel the affects of winter. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD,…

Awards Handed Out at Annual Kerrobert Wildlife Federation Event

A number of hunters were recognized this past weekend at the Kerrobert Wildlife Federation's Banquet. Awards were presented to both junior and adult hunters at the event, which took place this past…

Tips To Avoid Dry Winter Skin

The winter months can reek havoc on not only our streets and highways but on our skin as well. Many of us will experience dry and scratchy patchy on our skin during the colder months. The main cause…

Locals Place in 10th Annual Lake Lenore Ice Fishing Derby

This past Saturday the 10th Annual Lake Lenore Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby took place at Lung's Beach (approximately 20 minutes outside of Humboldt). 657 people came out with their fishing shacks…

WestCentralOnline.com is West Central Saskatchewan's only source for community news, weather, and information.

Search the Biz Guide

Login