New Drone Regulations Will Come Into Effect on June 1, 2019

While the use of drones is most often raised as a cautionary tale in the popular media, the commercial application of these aircraft has resulted in a rapidly expanding industry with diverse applications throughout Canada. According to Transport Canada, an estimated 193,500 drones are being flown in Canada, compared to only 37,000 “traditional” aircraft.  The recreational drone community is estimated at 140,800 operators for 2018 with a projected increase to 225,500 operators by 2025.  This rapid rise in numbers, combined with the limited skill and knowledge of many operators, has resulted in a number of dangerous incidents.  As a result, Transport Canada recently published new regulations meant to create a “predictable and flexible regulatory environment conducive to long-term planning while reducing costly administrative burdens on businesses”.  A benefit of the new regulations is ostensibly a reduction of the administrative burden…

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