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Don’t get burned! Keep drones away from forest fires

Aaron McCrorie, head of aviation safety regulations at Transport Canada, reminds you that flying your drone near a forest fire is both dangerous and illegal. You could be fined $25,000 and even go to jail.

Learn more: http://www.tc.gc.ca/safetyfirst
http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation…

The transcript, alternate formats and accessible version of this video are available in the Video Gallery on the Transport Canada website: http://tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/video-7…

Civil Aviation Safety Alert – UAVs & Forest Fires

Transport Canada released a new Civil Aviation Safety Alert in regards to UAVs and forest fires.

Unmanned Aircraft Interference with Manned Aircraft Operations including Near Forest Fires – Safety Impact and Consequences

The purpose of this Civil Aviation Safety Alert is to remind all persons operating unmanned aircraft (model aircraft and unmanned air vehicles or UAVs),for any purpose, about the safety impacts and consequences of interfering with manned aircraft operations, including firefighting aircraft. It is also a reminder of the consequences of contravening regulations pertaining to the use of unmanned aircraft. Unmanned aircraft, also called drones, are strictly prohibited from flying near or over forest fires.

The full details can be found here: http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/ca-opssvs/casa-asac-2015-05.pdf

DJI M100 with Collision Avoidance System

Tested goes hands-on with DJI’s new M100 “Matrice” quadcopter! It’s a developer-targeted platform designed for customization and carrying a variety of sensors. One of its new features is called Guidance: the use of multiple stereo and ultrasonic sensors for collision detection–this quad can theoretically detect obstacles and resist crashing into them! They also test two developer-made demos: camera control with an Oculus headset and flight with Leap Motion!

Transport Canada consults on proposed changes to UAV safety regulations

Proposed options focus on smaller, lower-risk unmanned aircraft activities

May 28, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Canada

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today launched consultations on proposed amendments to the regulations governing the safe use of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs).

Transport Canada is exploring changes to the regulations that will address the growing popularity and economic importance of UAVs and integrate them safely into Canadian airspace. The department published a Notice of Proposed Amendment that highlights several proposed changes, including new flight rules, aircraft marking and registration requirements, knowledge testing, minimum age limits, and pilot permits for certain UAV operators.

Transport Canada will hold stakeholder consultations over the next 90 days to ensure the new regulations are effective, balanced, and fair. The first stakeholder roundtable took place today in Ottawa, with others to follow in different regions across the country. Feedback received during the consultation process will help inform the regulatory changes. The Canadian public will also have the opportunity to provide comments when the proposed amendments are published inCanada Gazette, Part I.

Quick Facts

  • The current rules will remain in effect until the new regulations are approved by the Governor in Council and published in Canada Gazette, Part II.
  • The proposed regulations apply to UAVs weighing 25 kg or less operated within visual line of sight.
  • Transport Canada intends to keep the Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) process for heavier UAVs and more complex operations.
  • Transport Canada issued 1,672 SFOCs for UAVs in 2014, up from 345 in 2012.

Quotes

“Transport Canada is proud to be at the international vanguard of UAV safety. The goal of these new proposed regulations is to support the enjoyment and development of this budding sector while keeping people on the ground and in the sky safe. I look forward to hearing from our stakeholders as I consult them in the coming months.”
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport

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Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
613-991-0700

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Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

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Notice of Proposed Amendment – Unmanned Air Vehicles

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The rising sales and evolving technology of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) make them a rapidly growing part of the aviation industry. However, as their popularity increases, so does interference with manned aircraft. This presents unique challenges in developing regulations to safely integrate UAVs into Canada’s airspace.

Transport Canada has a permissive regulatory framework that accommodates UAV operations by issuing Special Flight Operation Certificates (SFOCs). In 2010, Transport Canada established a joint industry and federal government working group to develop recommendations for regulatory changes, many of which are among the proposed changes of this document. The working group continues to develop regulatory recommendations for beyond visual line-of-sight operations.

Transport Canada seeks a balanced approach to both safely integrate UAVs into Canadian airspace and encourage innovation within this important new subsector of civil aviation. At the same time, it is important to recognize the unique risks UAVs and UAV users of varying degrees of aviation expertise, pose to other airspace users. Transport Canada must develop Canada’s future regulatory framework to be risk-based, flexible, and consistent with international partners, where appropriate.

In 2016, Transport Canada intends to introduce regulatory requirements for UAVs 25kgs or less that are operated within visual line-of-sight. The proposed regulatory amendments are intended to ensure the safe and reliable operation of UAVs in Canadian airspace and will:

  • establish classifications including a proposal for the possibility of having a very small (lower threshold) category of aircraft;
  • clarify terminology;
  • establish aircraft marking & registration requirements;
  • address personnel licensing & training; and
  • create flight rules

Transport Canada also intends to preserve the SFOC process to focus on higher risk operations, including UAVs larger than 25kgs and those operated beyond visual line-of-sight.

Full document can be found here: http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/Saf-Sec-Sur/2/NPA-APM/doc.aspx?id=10294