A number of regulations and restrictions regarding the use of drones have just come into effect.
Transport Minister Marc Garneau introduced the new rules earlier this January which, mainly, are meant to prohibit drones from flying close to airports or emergency situations.
Users are also prohibited from operating drones while drunk or high.
The rules apply to all drone pilots flying drones between 250 grams and 25 kilograms that are operated within the drone pilot’s visual-line-of-sight.
The federal government states that the rules apply regardless of whether the drone is flown for fun, work, or research.
Microdrones, which are those under 250 grams, do not fall under the new basic or advanced operations categories.
“Drones are part of an important economic sector with significant potential to improve lives and connect communities across the country,” said Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport. “Our new regulations will create new opportunities for Canadians by establishing a safe and predictable regulatory environment where the industry can innovate and where recreational and non-recreational drone pilots can safely access Canadian airspace.”
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The new rules introduce an age restriction for drone users, who are required to be at least 14 years of age.
Drone pilots are also required to register and mark their drone with a registration number, to pass an online exam, and to get a pilot certificate for either basic or advanced operations.
Drones must also stay below an altitude of 122 m (400 feet) above ground level and stay away from air traffic.
Pilots are also prohibited from operating any aircraft system within 12 hours of having consumed an alcoholic beverage or while under the influence of alcohol.
Anyone who breaks these rules could be subject to fines of $1,000 for recreational users and $5,000 for commercial users.