Restrictions to within nine kilometres of an ‘aerodrome’ affect much of agricultural Manitoba
Assiniboine Community College’s agribusiness program has grounded most drone flights while professors sort through new regulations around their operation.
The new Transport Canada rules released March 16 limit recreational drones between 250 grams and 35 kilograms to within 90 metres of the ground, at least 75 metres away from structures, people or vehicles, to daylight hours only and at least nine kilometres away from any “aerodrome.” That’s defined as “airports, heliports and seaplane bases or anywhere that aircraft take off and land,” which includes small airports in rural areas. Continue reading
Recreational drone users can’t fly higher than 90 metres or at night or they’ll face fines
Greg McCormick, a communications operator in Charlottetown, shows off a new tool in the Prince Edward Island RCMP’s tool chest, an unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV. The UAV is a six-bladed helicopter about the size of a large pizza with a mount for a camera.
This unmanned aerial vehicle allows officers on the ground to see what the camera sees 300-feet in the air
They don’t fire missiles or drop bombs, but the RCMP in P.E.I. have added an unmanned aerial vehicle to the tools they use to do their jobs.
Greg McCormick, a communications operator in Charlottetown, flies the remote controlled helicopter that he says isn’t a drone and doesn’t have the same capabilities as those in the military’s arsenal.
“The only thing these things share, they’re best described as distant cousins,” he said.
The RCMP’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is a six-bladed helicopter about the size of a large pizza with a mount for a camera that feeds back to a display on the ground so its operator can see what the camera sees.
Right now, the best place to get permission to fly an unmanned aircraft system seems to be the Arctic, a fact that was once again proven recently when Northrop Grumman and NASA flew a Global Hawk UAS in Canadian airspace for the first time to study the Canadian Arctic.
The two groups, along with a team of international science organizations, flew a Global Hawk equipped with an Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) as well as a high-resolution camera to conduct ground mapping and visual observation of Arctic ice caps. (An image captured by the UAS is shown above.) Northrop Grumman says information collected during the flight will be used by American and Canadian scientists to study changes in topography and Arctic ice caps.
The 21-hour flight marks the first time the NASA Global Hawk has flown through Canadian civil airspace. The UAS departed from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and flew over key areas in the Arctic before returning.
Northrop Grumman notes that the mission comes after a five-year renewal of the Space Act Agreement partnership between Northrop Grumman and NASA that allows sharing of NASA Global Hawks for science missions and flight demonstrations.