Air­show asks pub­lic to keep drones away

The Prince George Citizen - - News -

AB­BOTS­FORD (CP) — Po­lice and or­ga­niz­ers of the Ab­bots­ford In­ter­na­tional Air­show urge the pub­lic to leave their drones at home if they plan to at­tend the show this week­end.

A joint news re­lease from Ab­bots­ford po­lice and the air­show says drone de­tec­tion equip­ment will be used dur­ing the show and if a drone is spot­ted, po­lice will be no­ti­fied.

The state­ment says drones have been de­tected at sev­eral air­shows across Canada over the last year, caus­ing significan­t safety risks to pi­lots, air­craft and any­one at­tend­ing the shows. Air­show spokesper­son Jadene Mah says spec­ta­tors must be able to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence with­out hav­ing to worry about the con­se­quences of a drone-re­lated ac­ci­dent. Trans­port Canada clas­si­fies drones as air­craft and the per­son op­er­at­ing the craft as a re­mote pi­lot. Fly­ing a drone near an air­port or in close prox­im­ity to other air­craft is il­le­gal.

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