Transport Canada has released a series of proposed measures that aim to reduce the security and administrative issues caused by the use of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs or drones). The various restrictions cover different categories of drone models based on weight, as well as an overall set of measures for all drone pilots.
Among the general proposed drone regulations is a clause that all pilots operating a drone weighing over 250g must have an obligatory liability insurance of $100,000.
Regulations among the “very small” category of drone models — those ranging from 250g to 1kg, which would include models such as the DJI Spark and DJI Mavic Pro — include a mandatory written knowledge test and operating no closer than 100 feet (30.5 m) from a person. The “small” category of up to 25kg — which would include the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI Inspire and more — adds further restrictions and, depending on whether its a rural or urban environment, could restrict pilots from flying closer than 250 feet (76.20 m) from a person.
It is worth mentioning that some of these proposed measures make no distinction between recreational and commercial use. Could this mean that people wanting to use their drones to shoot films – whether commercially or not – would be legally prevented from getting close to their actors?