Christmas gifts have been unwrapped and some people may have been gifted an Unmanned Aerial System or (UAS). The UAS encompasses the flying unit as well as all operational accessories, such as the remote controls and digital stills/video camera systems being deployed during the flight. The UAV is the rotary-blade (miniature helicopter-like) vehicle itself.
More and more people are using unmanned aerial system for work or pleasure. Transport Canada regulates their use to keep the public and airspace safe.
Before you fly your UAV, make sure you understand the rules that apply and follow them. Not doing so could put lives at risk and cost you up to $25,000 in fines.
You are responsible to fly your UAV safely and legally. In Canada, you must
Follow the rules set out in the Canadian Aviation Regulations.
Respect the Criminal Code as well as all municipal, provincial, and territorial laws related to trespassing and privacy
Transport Canada expects you to follow these basic Do’s and Don’ts
Fly your UAV during daylight and in good weather (not in clouds or fog).
Keep your UAV in sight, where you can see it with your own eyes – not only through an on-board camera, monitor or smartphone.
Make sure your UAV is safe from flights before take-off. Ask yourself, for example, are the batteries fully charged? Is it too cold to fly?
Know if you need permission to fly and when to apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate
Respect the privacy of others – avoid flying over private property or taking photos or videos without permission
Closer than 9 km from any airport, heliport or aerodrome
Higher than 90 metres from above the ground
Closer than 150 metres from people, animals, buildings, structures or vehicles
In populated areas or near large groups of people, including sporting events, concerts, festivals, and firework shows
Near moving vehicles, avoid highways, bridges, busy streets or anywhere you could endanger or distract drivers
Within restricted airspace, including near or over military bases, prisons, and forest fires
Anywhere you may interfere with first responders
The East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police is committed to ensuring the safety and security of the communities it serves.