Canada’s New Drone Safety Rules

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Canada has introduced new regulations for piloting drones that weigh 250 gramsg up to 25 kilogramskg, are operated within visual-line-of-sight, and are used for any purpose, whether it is for fun, work or research.

Maple leaf appears and a drone flies across screen. An infographic appears around the maple leaf with icons for: weight, visual line of sight, and purpose.

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Regulations

250 gramsg up to 25 kilogramskg

visual line of sight

any purpose

The new regulations apply to 2 categories of operations:

Category 1: basic operations

If all 3 of the following conditions are met, you are conducting basic operations:

1. Your flight is in uncontrolled airspace.

2. Your drone is more than 100 feet or 30 metres horizontally from bystanders - this means any person who is not involved in the operation of the drone.

And 3. Your drone is never flown over bystanders.

A person flying a drone appears in a rural landscape. Then bystanders appear in the distance and the drone avoids flying near/over these bystanders. Dotted lines appear with the text “100 feetft/30 metresm” beside the bystanders to show that the drone is maintaining the appropriate distance.

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1. Basic operations

1) flight is in uncontrolled airspace

2) more than 30 metres (100 feet) from bystanders

3) never over bystanders

Category 2: advanced operations

If any of the following 3 conditions are met, you are conducting advanced operations:

1. Your flight is in controlled airspace.

2. Your drone is within 100 feet or 30 metres of bystanders.

Or 3. Your drone is flown over bystanders.

A new person is flying a drone in an urban park landscape. Bystanders appear in the park and the drone flies near the bystanders and then the drone flies over bystanders.

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2. Advanced operations

1) flight is in controlled airspace

2) within 30 metres (100 feet) from bystanders

3) flown over bystanders

And not all drones are fit for advanced operations, so make sure your drone is eligible.

A drone appears in front of a red “no symbol” with an arrow pointing to an icon of an incomplete checklist that has a “red X” on it. Then a new drone appears in front of a green circle with an arrow pointing to a complete checklist with green checkmark on it.

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Not all drones are fit for advanced operations

Make sure your drone is eligible.

Both the basic and advanced categories have their own set of easy-to-follow rules that require the pilot:

Drone flies across line of trees and a pilot icon appears.

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Easy to follow rules

Pilot

  • to be a minimum age (14 years-old for Basic and 16 for Advanced), otherwise they must be supervised while flying

A calendar icon with the text “minimum age” appears as a branch off of the pilot icon in the centre.

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Age 14 for basic operations

Age 16 for advanced operations

  • to register their drone and mark the drone with its registration number

A drone icon with the text “register drone” appears as another branch off of the pilot icon in the centre. A drone flies into the scene and the registration number on the drone is magnified.

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Mark drone with registration number

  • to pass a knowledge test and get a pilot certificate for the category of operation (either Basic or Advanced)

A clipboard icon with the text “get certificate” appears as another branch off of the pilot icon in the centre.

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Pass knowledge test

  • to stay below an altitude of 400 feet above ground level

An altitude icon with the text “below 400 feetft” appears as another branch off of the pilot icon in the centre.

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Altitude below 400 feet

  • to stay away from air traffic and airports

A distance icon with the text “distance” appears as another branch off of the pilot icon in the centre.

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Stay away from air traffic and airports

  • and to stay away from emergency situations like forest fires

An emergency siren icon with the text “stay away” appears as another branch off of the pilot icon in the centre.

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Stay away from emergency situations

A Special Flight Operations Certificate is only required for pilots whose operation (whether commercial or recreational) is not covered by the new regulations.

A Special Flight Operations Certificate appears. Four drone regulation icons with the following text appear: more than 25 kg, not in visual line of sight, above 400 feet, and over events.

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Special flight operations certificate

Only required for operations

Not

covered by the new regulations

Know Before You Go!

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Know before you go!

Please visit our website for more information about Canada’s new drone regulations.

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Please visit our website for more information about Canada’s new drone regulations.

Canada.ca/drone-safety

You can also register your drone and take the online exam to get your pilot certificate on our website.

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Register your drone and take the online exam to get your pilot certificate on our website.

The Government of Canada FIP screen and then the Canada Wordmark screen appear.

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