New Regulations Apply to Any Drone Over Half a Pound in Weight

Ottawa Hands Down New Drone Regulations

Looks like Transportation Minister Marc Garneau was droning on this morning, with Ottawa handing down some strict new rules governing the use of drones.

The new regulations apply to any drone over 250g (half a pound) in weight, up to 25kg. These devices have to be registered now, while operators of larger models need to be certified via online test. Regulations stipulate who can and cannot fly them, and where, including nowhere near a airport. You have to be at least 14 years of age to operate a basic model, 16 for the more advanced ones. The drone must stay below an altitude of 122m above the ground, and away from any air traffic.

A complete list of the new drone rules can be found on the Government of Canada website. Most of the changes take effect June 1st.