Sorry to drone on – again
I recently had a few exchanges on Facebook with someone who was flying a drone for fun. I tried to help them from getting reported and fined (or imprisoned) for breach of a number of regulations. I tried to explain the rules for drone flying, both recreational and commercial but wasn’t able to get my point across.
The view was that because they were flying for “fun” the regulations didn’t apply to them. They were, (how can I put it nicely) wrong!
While the rules for business flying has extra requirements, (Here’s a link to a post I wrote for Home Inspectors) there are strict rules where one can and cannot fly a drone, even for fun. The most important rule: one CANNOT fly a drone in any area that is within 5.6Km of an Aerodrome. Since I published the aforementioned blog, I’ve had loads of calls from people that have said something like “I live ……., am I OK to fly a drone for fun?”
Frankly, while I do try to go out of my way to help people, it was getting a bit much, so I dusted off my programming skills and using a very nice API from Google, created this map.
This may not be the full list of all the airports in Ontario, but I think I got 500+ of the readily available and operational ones.
Don’t forget you are also not allowed to fly a drone recreationally in a Provincial or National Park or anywhere over the board between Canada and the U.S.A.
I was one of the representatives of the stakeholders in the UAV regulations review in Canada. As such, I also write regularly for the Ontario Association of Certified Home Inspectors on subjects to help Inspectors and Consumers. You might want to take a look at a couple of posts I’ve written on this matter. I try to keep them updated with the information I get from Transport Canada.
Transport Canada has also published a list of other places where you cannot fly a drone (even for fun). Don’t fly your drone….
- in clouds or fog.
- higher than 90 m (300 feet) above the ground.
- closer than 150 m (500 feet) from people, animals, buildings, structures, or vehicles.
- in populated areas or near large groups of people, including at sporting events, concerts, festivals, or firework shows.
- near moving vehicles, highways, bridges, busy streets, or anywhere you could endanger or distract drivers.
- within restricted and controlled airspace, including near or over military bases, prisons, or forest fires.
- anywhere you may interfere with first responders.