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Transport Canada wants new drone users to learn rules before flying

Staff writer |
Drones, also known as unmanned air vehicles, are sure to be a popular gift this holiday season. With ownership comes great responsibility, and new operators must learn how to fly safely and legally.

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This holiday season, Transport Canada encourages all new drone users to consult the wide variety of educational tools available on

Recreational drone operators should: fly their drone during daylight and in good weather (not in clouds or fog); keep their drone in sight, where they can see it with their own eyes – not only through an on-board camera, monitor or smartphone; make sure their drone is safe for flight before take-off, check if the batteries are fully charged and if it is too cold to fly; and respect the privacy of others – avoid flying over private property or taking photos or videos without permission.

Recreational drone operators should not fly:

Closer than 9 km from any airport, heliport, or aerodrome.

Higher than 90 metres 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, highways, bridges, busy streets or anywhere they could endanger or distract drivers.

Within controlled or restricted airspace including near or over military bases, prisons, and forest fires.

Anywhere they may interfere with first responders.

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