Transport Canada has recently issued new rules on how to fly a recreational drone safely and legally in Canada.
Flying Your Drone
If you fly your drone for fun and it weighs more than 250 grams and up to 35 kilograms, follow the following rules:
- At least 1.8 kilometers away from heliports or aerodromes used exclusively by helicopters
- At least 30 meters away from vehicles, vessels, and the public (if your drone weighs more than 250 grams up to 1 kilogram)
- At least 5.5 kilometers from aerodromes (any airport, seaplane base, or areas where aircraft take-off and land)
- At least 75 meters away from vehicles, vessels, and the public (if your drone weighs more than 1 kilogram up to 35 kilograms)
- At least 9 kilometers 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
- Only if clearly marked with your name, address and telephone number
- Outside of controlled or restricted airspace
- Within 500 meters of yourself or closer
- Within 90 meters above the ground or lower
- Within your sight at all times
Following the 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-kilometer 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 the Red Deer Regional Airport at 403-886-4388