There’s no doubt drones are becoming increasingly popular, but owners are being reminded they do have to abide by some rules.
The Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau launched a national safety campaign Monday, while reiterating the Government’s plan to bring in new regulations.
Users are being reminded to use their aircraft in approved areas, and not fly in areas which put aviation at risk.
“No Drone Zone” signs will be distributed to airports and other organizations to promote safe use of the drones.
Transport Canada is recommending airports, parks, municipalities and event organizers post the signs around their property or event, when it is unsafe or illegal to fly drones.
It’s also going to be proposing new regulations later this year, including the establishment of drone categories and simplifying the registration process for operators.
“While Transport Canada is working on new regulations to integrate drones into Canadian airspace, I urge all users to learn how to fly safely and legally. As a responsible drone user, think twice about where you fly, stay away from airports and aircraft, and know that there are serious consequences to unsafe use. The “No Drone Zone” signs are a reminder that not all places are appropriate to fly a drone – always think safety first.” – The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
“From an enforcement perspective, drone users can’t fly wherever they like. You are responsible to fly your drone safely and legally. If you feel someone has committed a crime, or breached your privacy, report it to your local police service right away. The Ottawa Police Service is committed to public safety and takes reported incidents seriously.” Atallah Sadaka, Staff Sergeant, Ottawa Police Service Airport Unit