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Summary of new drone regulation

Last July, Transport Canada published the outline of what could be the new regulation regarding the use of UAVs operated within visual range in Canada. The new regulation framework is based on the weight of the aircraft and the complexity of the operation instead of the type of operation (recreational ...

Testing collisions between drones and humans

Research on the impacts of a collision between a drone and a human being are progressing in the United States. Indeed, several american universities and research centres are carrying out tests in order to know in which measure a collision between a person and a drone can cause wounds, or ...

New rules for recreational drones

Interim Order The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport March 16, 2017, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport introduced a measure to prevent the reckless use of drones that is putting the safety of Canadians at risk. This Interim Order regarding the use of model aircrafts, including recreational drones, is ...

A new tool to report unsafe drone operations

With an aim of increasing aviation and public safety and for stimulating the innovation of this field, Transport Canada just announced the availability of a tool to report an imprudent or illegal use of a drone. The form to be filled online on Transport Canada's website makes it possible to ...

Update on the new exemptions for UAV operations

As we know it, the two exemptions to articles 602.41 and 603.66, which allowed the use of a UAV without having to obtain an SFOC, expired on December 21st. Although the idea not to have to await the authorization of Transport Canada to carry out an operation is attractive, the ...

Why are UAVs ideal for large scale surveys

In the past, the data acquisition on large scales, for a topographical survey, the gathering of agricultural information or for any other use, could require alot of time and labor. For larger surfaces, it was not rare to call upon several teams of workers, sometimes coming from different companies. The ...

A glimpse at what could be BVLOS regulation

The final report of the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC) on the development of phase 2 of the regulation, UAVs of 25 kg or less operated beyond visual range, is now available. The CARAC's prime objective is to assess and recommend potential regulatory changes through cooperative rulemaking activities. The ...

Hydrogen to fuel UAVs

The military field being the source of several innovations, it is not surprising to see the Russian air force testing drones propelled by hydrogen during the current Syrian conflict. A Russian source affirms that the hydrogen-powered military UAV tested in Syria obtained very good results. Hydrogen provides more energy for ...

Woman hit by a drone sues the operator

On June 11, a woman cheering for her friends at the 5 km Rainbow Challenge in Beloeil, Qc, was hit by a DJI Phantom that was flying near the runners. The following images, captured by a UAV operator, VTOL-X inc., flying at a safe distance from the crowd with an ...

Updates on the coming UAV regulation in Canada

This week Transport Canada released keypoints of what the new regulation for UAVs may look like in 2017. The first draft of this regulation will be published next spring in the Canada Gazette Part 1. The exemptions to CAR 602.41 for UAVs under 2 kg and UAVs between 2 kg ...