Stettler RCMP urges caution in drone usage

Asks residents to follow Transport Canada guidelines.

RCMP logo. FILE PHOTO

Moush Sara John Independent staff

Earlier this month, Transport Canada came out with new rules and guidelines for all those flying their drones for recreation.

If residents are flying their drones for fun and it weighs more than 250 g and up to 35 kg, the new rules are as follows.

Transport Canada says drones can’t be flown:

• higher than 90 m above the ground

• closer than 75 m from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds

• closer than nine km from the centre of an aerodrome (any airport, heliport, seaplane base or anywhere that aircraft take-off and land)

• within controlled or restricted airspace

• within nine km of a forest fire

• where it could interfere with police or first responders

• at night or in clouds

• if you can’t keep it in sight at all times

• if you are not within 500 m of your drone

• if your name, address, and telephone number are not clearly marked on your drone.

This list, according to Transport Canada is an overview of the new rules for recreational drone users. Not doing so may put lives, aircraft and property at risk. If you fly where you are not allowed or choose not to follow any of the rules above, you could face fines of up to $3,000.

“We encourage drone users/operators to use this information to guide them in the lawful and safe enjoyment of their drones,” said Stettler RCMP, Sgt. Penny.

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