What is a Drone?

A drone, also known as UAV or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, is a small flying machine that may be controlled by a remote control or an app off a tablet or computer. Attachments can also be made to the drone giving it many uses.

Drones Are Being Used For:

Commercial Photography
Natural Resources
Newsgathering Resources
Package Deliveries
Public Safety
Search and Rescue

Drones are already having a major impact in agriculture. Drones are doing soil and field analysis, planting, crop spraying, crop monitoring, irrigation and health assessments. Japan is doing 90% of their aerial agriculture spraying with drones!

Although drones can be efficient, they do carry responsibilities. A big risk drones face is the invasion of privacy. If the operator using the drone fails to properly secure the data collected and the information becomes stolen or misused, the operator may be subject to a lawsuit.Malfunctions can happen, which could lead the drone to crash into your property or into someone. In the event of a crash, property damage or bodily harm are two possible outcomes.If a drone flies over an unsuspecting property, the operator may be subject to trespassing or nuisance claims. Flying a drone requires careful attention. Accidentally flying over someone else’s property can result in a lawsuit. While, it may be tough to prove, it is still a possibility and you are still putting yourself at risk.

The insurance industry is also using drones to fight fraud, monitor risk, tailor prices and to make adjusters safer. All of these combine to help reduce premiums for you.

Operating Your Drone in a Safe and Legal Matter

Transport Canada regulates all rules regarding aviation in Canada. There are many legal requirements for the recreational use of drones.

Drones must be below 90 m above the ground, within a direct line of sight at all times

No further than 500 m of yourself

At least 5.5 km away from aerodromes, etc.

Business uses vary a bit. One must follow the rules under section 602.41 in the Canadian Aviation Regulations that state, “No person shall operate an unmanned air vehicle in flight except in accordance with a special flight operations certificate or an air operator certificate.” If you fly a drone without a special flight operations certificate (SFOC) you may be fined up to $5000 for a person and $25000 for a corporation. If you do not follow the requirements of your SFOC, a person may be fined up to $3000 and $15000 for a corporation. Serious consequences, such as fines up to $25000 and/or jail time, may be put in place as well if you put your aircraft as risk, fly where you are not allowed or endanger anyone’s safety.

For more info on drones please visit http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/drone-safety.html