Canadian Government announces long-awaited update to drone regulations

Today the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, unveiled the new rules for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) — widely referred to as “drones”. The new rules will have a significant impact on the industry that has expanded into recreational and commercial popularity over the last few years.

The new regulations are outlined in an extensive document that caters to growing innovation and safe recreational use while cracking down on unsafe and inexperienced operators. Transport Canada is now requiring the estimated 200,000 operators across the country to pass a mandatory knowledge exam as well as a practical flight review in order to obtain a permit. Prior regulations did not include mandatory testing but had required operators to comply with certified training requirements. The announcement also categorizes RPAS operations into two main groups (Basic and Advanced) as well as outlining aircraft weight, airspace and operator age restrictions.

As these new regulations are set to take effect on June 1st, 2019 drone operators must take a proactive approach in ensuring they are compliant with new federal laws. Paul Bennett, President of RPAS training and consulting service Aerobotika explains that the new rules are “…great for the industry, for stakeholders and for Canada. It brings us up to speed with international standards”. The integration of drones into a growing list of industries may seem daunting for those approaching these regulations for the first time, but Bennett explains that experienced consulting and training services can empower businesses and individuals ensuring they meet the knowledge requirements and successfully pass the new testing requirements.

“These new regulations are a testament to the exciting growth this industry has seen over the years. They clearly address the need for businesses and any drone operators to be proactive in ensuring compliance with federal regulations. From education to testing, operators of any RPAS need be cognizant of the new regulations as they impact anyone who wants to fly”. Bennett applauds the Canadian government in providing a framework to empower operators, protect the safety of residents while minimizing disruptions to other commercial aircraft.

For further comment on these regulations, the impact on the industry, and details on training programs please contact Caroline Coons at [email protected] 604-805-7020.

About Aerobotika

Aerobotika is a professional services organization with the purpose of empowering businesses and individuals using Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems. Working alongside organizations globally, Aerobotika helps to expand their capabilities by implementing remotely piloted aircraft, sensors, data, and best practices. Aerobotika provides consulting, training and specialized programs to help navigate the rapidly changing industry of unmanned aviation.