Transport Canada has recently issued new rules on how to fly a recreational drone safely and legally in Canada.

If you fly your drone for fun and it weighs more than 250 g and up to 35 kg, follow the below rules.

Fly your drone:

  • within 90 m above the ground or lower
  • at least 30 m away from vehicles, vessels, and the public (if your drone weighs more than 250 g up to 1 kg)
  • at least 75 m away from vehicles, vessels, and the public (if your drone weighs more than 1 kg up to 35 kg)
  • at least 5.5 km from aerodromes (any airport, seaplane base, or areas where aircraft take-off and land)
  • at least 1.8 km away from heliports or aerodromes used exclusively by helicopters
  • outside of controlled or restricted airspace
  • at least 9 km away from a natural hazard or disaster area
  • away from areas where it could interfere with police or first responders
  • during the day and not in clouds
  • within your sight at all times
  • within 500 m of yourself or closer
  • only if clearly marked with your name, address and telephone number

Following the above rules issued by Transport Canada will help keep people, aircraft and property safe. If you do not follow these rules, you could face fines of up to $3,000.

For more information please visit the Transport Canada – Flying your drone safely and legally website page.

If you have a requirement to fly your drone within the 9 km radius controlled airspace around the airport you will require proper approvals from both Transport Canada and the local NavCanada Flight Service Station prior to doing so.

For assistance or more information about the approval process, please contact Graham St. Thomas, Manager of Safety and Security at 403-886-4388 or g.stthomas@flyreddeer.com.