Fines will be issued if users caught flying drones too close to airports

The Canadian government’s commitment to crack down on recreational drone use “will help protect airspace users and the travelling public”, according to IATA.

Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau has implemented an interim order restricting the use of recreational drones around airports and other high-risk areas.

The rules mean recreational users will face a fine of up to CAD $3,000 (US $2,243) if drones weighing more than 250 grams are caught flying:

  • Within nine kilometers of somewhere aircraft take off or land

  • Over forest fires, emergency response scenes or controlled airspace

  • Higher than 90 meters or within 75 meters of buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals or people

  • More than 500 meters away from the user or at night, in clouds or somewhere you can't see it

The irresponsible or malicious use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) near airports and aircraft poses a serious safety and security risk.

Advanced technology will provide new ways to regulate UAV operations

According to Transport Canada, the number of reported drone incidents has more than tripled from 41—when data collection began in 2014—to 148 last year.

Rob Eagles, IATA’s Director, Air Traffic Management and Infrastructure said: "The introduction of this temporary order will help protect airspace users and the travelling public.

“Looking ahead, advanced technology will provide new ways to appropriately regulate recreational, commercial and State UAV operations. Transport Canada plays a critical role in helping to develop these standards and regulations.”