New rules for recreational drone use announced

Those who break any of the rules could be fined up to $3,000.

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced new regulations for recreational drone users on Thursday.

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced new regulations for recreational drone users on Thursday.  (ELLEN BRAIT / TORONTO STAR) | ORDER THIS PHOTO

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New rules for flying recreational drones in Canada revealed

Recreational drone users can’t fly higher than 90 metres or at night or they’ll face fines

Transport Minister Marc Garneau announces new safety restrictions on recreational drones at Billy Bishop airport in Toronto on Thursday.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau announces new safety restrictions on recreational drones at Billy Bishop airport in Toronto on Thursday. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

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Federal privacy laws won’t necessarily protect you from spying drones

No one wants a drone peering into their bedroom window.

China’s police are now shooting down drones with radio-jamming rifle

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Ottawa toughens rules for operating recreational drones

Transport Minister Marc Garneau is cracking down on recreational drones with new safety restrictions to keep them nine kilometres from any airport and ban their owners from flying near people, buildings, at night and when first responders are at the scene of an emergency. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

DJI research proposes higher maximum weight for low-risk drone category

A research paper released publicly today by DJI argues that the FAA was highly conservative and used outdated assumptions when it set the weight standard for determining which drones pose the lowest risk to people.

Back in 2015, the FAA’s Registration Task Force calculated that drones weighing up to 250 grams posed the lowest risk of injury to people. Drones above that weight became subject to registration.

But now, that 250-gram weight has gained a new and unexpected life of its own: It has started to be regarded as a ‘safety standard’ – and other countries are using it, or considering using it, as their own demarcation point when enacting regulations (including bans).

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AIN Blog: Mark Another Milestone For Mainstreaming Drones

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The DJI Inspire 2 quadcopter rests on the stage at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit. (Photo: Measure via

Chalk up another inroad for drones in the world of mainstream aviation. On March 2, a DJI Inspire 2 operated by Measure, the “drone as a service” company, deftly delivered the winning raffle envelope at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit in Washington, D.C.

Hundreds of attendees were delighted as Ronney Miller, Measure’s director of flight operations, piloted the buzzing quadcopter over a path that had been cleared from the rear to the front of the ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Measure media specialist Grant Lowenfeld worked the camera gimbal. An insert mounted in the SSD slot in the aft of the drone carried the envelope, which held two round-trip United Airlines tickets. Chamber master of ceremonies Carol Hallett, who formerly headed the Air Transport Association of America (now Airlines for America) and United CEO Oscar Munoz watched gleefully as the $5,000-plus Inspire 2 and camera ensemble settled to the stage.

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Bill would give civil immunity to those who destroy drones over private property

It would protect property owners who destroy drones over private land

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Bill to exempt from civil action property owners who destroy drones flying over their land heads to Senate floor. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World file Continue reading