Drone op­er­a­tors sub­ject to age limit, CER­TI­FI­CA­TION UN­DER NEW FED­ERAL RULES

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Mon­treal: Any­one fly­ing a drone in Canada will have to pass an on­line exam and get a pi­lot’s cer­tifi­cate un­der new rules to be an­nounced to­day by fed­eral Trans­port Min­is­ter Marc Garneau. The new reg­u­la­tions, which come into ef­fect June 1, ap­ply to all drone op­er­a­tors, whether they fly for fun, work or re­search.

Op­er­a­tors will be re­quired to regis­ter their drones and mark them with the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber. A min­i­mum age limit of 14 for ba­sic op­er­a­tions and 16 for ad­vanced will be in­tro­duced.

Pi­lots will have to keep their air­craft be­low 122 me­tres, 400 feet, above ground level and stay away from air traf­fic.

The new rules, which cover drones weigh­ing be­tween 250 grams and 25 kilo­grams, are aimed at coun­ter­ing a grow­ing trend of drone in­cur­sions into space re­served for air travel. Vi­o­la­tors could be sub­ject to fines of up to $25,000 and prison.

Trans­port Canada has doc­u­mented a spike in the num­ber of in­ci­dents pos­ing a risk to avi­a­tion safety in re­cent years. The num­ber of re­ported in­ci­dents more than tripled to 135 in 2017 from 38 when data col­lec­tion be­gan in 2014.

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