WATCH ABOVE: Transport Canada is considering requiring recreational small drone users obtain a licence and insurance before they take flight. As Global’s Shelley Steeves reports, the proposed changes are in response to growing safety concerns.
By Shelley Steeves
Canadian drone hobbyists could soon be facing stricter regulations, as Transport Canada is considering requiring recreational small drone users obtain a licence and insurance before they take flight.
“Transport Canada is exploring changes to the regulations that will address the growing popularity and economic importance of [drones] and integrate them safely into Canadian airspace,” Transport Canada spokesperson Natasha Gauthier said in an email to Global News.
Jimmy Houssen of Moncton runs a small business capturing and selling aerial drone footage. He has a certificate from Transport Canada that allows him to operate his commercial drone as a professional at higher altitudes.
“Anyone can go into a store and purchase a drone and charge the battery and have never flown before and they are in their air within an hour or two,” Houssen said.
Among the proposed regulation changes, the department is suggesting that anyone flying a drone weighing more than 250 grams would have to register it, pass a knowledge test and carry liability insurance.
Houssen said he welcomes the stricter regulations.
“It’s important when something is flying up in the air, near manned aircraft, where real lives are a stake that there is some regulation, some training the pilot has at least undertaken,” he said.