Canada Drone Meetup Stopped By The Police – City Bylaw VS Transport Canada Information

Canada Drone Meetup Stopped By The Police – City Bylaw VS Transport Canada Information

Today I decided to meet a group of drone flyers who fly for fun as a hobbyist in the BC area here in Canada. There was a variety of drones from a DJi Mavic Pro, Inspire 1, Phantom 4 Pro, micro FPV and even a custom made drone. While everything seemed fun at first with no problems we were then stopped by the police towards the end and learned some interested things about city bylaws for drones versus Transport Canada’s written rules and guidelines. Canada drone laws in 2017 are still confusing.

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  1. Nik Leiser on April 2, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Hey Alan,

    which Law is the more important one ?

  2. Reeltime M on April 2, 2021 at 12:51 am

    Is there anywhere in Vancouver you can go to test your drone out that you could suggest, just bought a mavic air 2 licensed and all thanks!

  3. paralogregt on April 2, 2021 at 12:52 am

    I always wonder how many solid complaints these agencies get before they go and ban an activity. If cycling came along today as a new activity it would probably be banned. I cannot see how those folks were doing anything that was dangerous or harmful to other park users. What a NIMBY society we live in.

  4. Veterans Brotherhood on April 2, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Fuck the police.

  5. Ryan Parisien on April 2, 2021 at 12:54 am

    You can fly sub 250g fpv in Calgary city parks, only sub 250 though. Nice progressive bylaws. Thanks Calgary! City bylaws trump TC rules, unfortunately. Welcome to the confusion of Canada

  6. Donna Kerr on April 2, 2021 at 12:55 am

    I’m not so interest about your surrounds as I am about your attitude . Something wrong I going to happen listen to me

  7. JV Drones on April 2, 2021 at 12:55 am

    cool video! I just came across it while browsing drone locations in vancouver on google, I have been flying for a few years now, I travel often, Denmark where I have family I have flown with no problems, over castles, downtown core, flown in prague and iceland with no problems, yet my home, canada, Where my pilots license is from and my drones are registered, we are detered by these crazy no fly zone laws,

    Are there any drone meet up groups that still happen, such as this ?

    – Joel

  8. cellblock776 on April 2, 2021 at 12:57 am

    "Hot button issue"?!?! What is hot button about it? There is nobody in the park. It’s totally empty. There is no risk to anyone.

  9. Samai Pata on April 2, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Watching this video you guys you flew very irresponsible, way to close to that cameraman and bystanders. Particular at cold temperatures control over the drone can be erratic or lost. What happens if insure someone? Surprise the drone owner will be reliable! Do you have a liability insurance that will cover you flying the drone?! You don’t know, right?!
    As a public park visitor I certainly feel offended some one flying a drone. I’m glad this city issued bylaws to prohibit that. Because of the very reason if your drone causes insure to me you most likely don’t have a liability insurance covering me, so if your not filthy rich, I have no one picking up my medical bills or covering UI.
    I’m a pilot by trade, I have gone through extensive training to do so and I need to carry liability insurance on my aircraft to be flying legally. You are flying an aircraft too, that’s why it is absolute correct to require proper training and licensing plus carry insurance.
    To make my point clear and understandable: Imagine a 4 year old girl playing in this park, your drone accidentally colliding with her and she looses one eye! This is an injury impacting the rest of her life! And any court will rule in her favour with potentially millions of $ in compensation!
    I hope my outline will make it understandable to accept Transport Canada’s decision. Do some of their rules not necessarily make common sense, maybe. Trust me we pilots need to deal with some non common sense rules too after all rules are worded by lawyers.
    If you like to maintain your hobby, do the right thing and get a license plus insurance to protect yourself!

  10. Rod MacPherson on April 2, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Yep, the airspace is fine but like you need to ask to launch and land on private private property, cities can make bylaws preventing you from launching and landing in the parks.

  11. Sudburydrone on April 2, 2021 at 12:59 am

    That was interesting

  12. ӿꞶhiɀɀßᵰnꬶӿ on April 2, 2021 at 1:01 am

    There is almost no point in owning a drone anymore, and these laws are the same in many countries around the world. This is why I only fly my drone in remote areas where there are NO other people around.  Stay away from any populated areas, as you are just asking for trouble. There are to many paranoid people out there who hate drones and are just looking to report them on sight!

  13. Andrew Sarangan on April 2, 2021 at 1:02 am

    All things considered, he was a very polite officer. He is just doing his job. The best place to raise this issue would be at city hall.

  14. sparky on April 2, 2021 at 1:03 am

    police officers should have stopped having more interaction with you till all the drones were safely landed

  15. nagol1000 on April 2, 2021 at 1:04 am

    These laws fly in face of common sense. Now people have to decide between using common sense OR obeying a laundry list of often ridiculous, unreasonable laws and you’re still probably doing something wrong without knowing. You’re fined for using common sense in today society.

  16. Lyndon Lucier on April 2, 2021 at 1:05 am

    wow cops s cunt! and full of shit and bylawa arent legally binding and unenforceable by police but then again whats a community police ??

  17. Owen Bale on April 2, 2021 at 1:05 am

    From a Sun article…
    "The city, today, has no power to regulate the drones, or as transport officials call the devices, "unmanned air vehicles" (UAV). If the city wants to create a bylaw clamping down on drones, the rules need to fall within the federal regulations and need to be "reasonably related" to a municipal purpose as set out in the province’s Municipal Act, a city legal opinion says."
    If you are using the UAV for recreational purposes, they can’t touch you. If commercial, then it is classed a s a drone and permits are required.

  18. Bob I on April 2, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Model flying is doomed in Canada buddy. UK are fighting to limit the impact of similar laws that come in November. You guys seemed to have rolled over without contest.

  19. UnlimitedVertical on April 2, 2021 at 1:06 am

    I decided to check the bylaws and yep, it’s there. Motorized including model aircraft. Here is another good one:

    Bylaw No. 7673, 2014
    6. No person shall undertake any activity, game or take part in any
    sport whatsoever in or on any portion of any park except upon such
    portions thereof as are specially designed, allotted or provided
    therefore and then only under such rules as prescribed by the
    Director of Parks, Culture and Recreation.

    Wow, my entire childhood of throwing around a baseball, football or frisbee would have disappeared if I lived there (now).

    This video was done before the new drone laws were announced, but this video clearly shows my concern. Others have said, ignore the rules, it is the intent of the rules that count. i.e. People tell me if I am acting safely and reasonably there is no way police would care, but this video shows how easily "intent of the law" turns into "this is the law". There is nobody in this park in danger, you guys weren’t harming anything, but rules are rules and the city says no flying in parks and all it takes is one phone call from a paranoid citizen and your day is over, or in the case of the new laws over with a $1300 fine.

  20. Cam365 on April 2, 2021 at 1:08 am

    What ? An city council banned drones ?morons

  21. Antonio Ascencio on April 2, 2021 at 1:14 am

    That Sucks, they took the fun out of flying expensive toys, thanks to some idiots that didn’t took other people’s safety first. I used to freely fly my dji phantom 2 at Mundy Park in Coquitlam, never flew it above the tree line, now impossible to find a place where you can. Bought a Phantom 3 now is just on my shelf collecting dust.

  22. D Mina on April 2, 2021 at 1:14 am

    Stupid cops stupid politicians. The he’ll with them!

  23. Donna Kerr on April 2, 2021 at 1:15 am

    We love everyone….be nice man always

  24. Daniel S on April 2, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Hi Alan, is this law still in effective as of 2020? I’m wondering if I can fly drones in parks in Greater Vancouver region (within TC limitations)

  25. Arrow206 Project206 on April 2, 2021 at 1:17 am

    b: All Motor driven Things, including Model Aeroplanes, which would include Drones. They are not fixed wing, but they are motorised and fly. You need to prove Drones, are not a problem. Would it be different if it was a Search & rescue event in that very park with drones in the air.

  26. Red Squirrel on April 2, 2021 at 1:18 am

    I was asked by someone involved in the local 4/20 event (before weed was legalized) to just come and film the gathering with my drone. I knew about the 75m rule but was kinda hoping to get a couple close shots anyway since they did not care. But the minute I got there a cop in an undercover car started confronting me about if I’m licensed etc. I said I did not realize there was a license required, just that I need to be far enough etc. He gave me a bit of trouble but I said I checked google maps and if I go right in middle of the river I will be far enough. He let me go, but just comes to show how they really watch for this now. It’s more enforced than traffic laws and other more serious laws. Meanwhile people speed and go through red lights and they don’t seem to care. Theft in my city is super bad too but they’re more preoccupied about nanny state drone laws.

  27. Stu Pedass on April 2, 2021 at 1:20 am

    Canada, we will suck you dry on taxes and fun and we will keep you alive longer to do it.

  28. Vynle Shmynle on April 2, 2021 at 1:23 am

    More low hanging fruit for law enforcement, allows them to feel good about themselves, I mean it’s dangerous to chase down real criminals and an 8 hour shift gets really boring when your trying to avoid bad guys.

  29. TheFluffyDuck on April 2, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Can’t fly in national parks, can’t fly over built up areas, and can’t fly in open parks. Soooooooo where can you fly?

  30. ӿꞶhiɀɀßᵰnꬶӿ on April 2, 2021 at 1:24 am

    You guys don’t get it. It is all about making money. From imposing laws to generate money from fines to forcing people to take bullshit online drone exams, that are designed so people will fail them, so they can pay multiple times to eventually pass. The government is not really concerned about drone safety, they are just looking for more excuses for money grabs!!!! That’s it…..

  31. Eden Valley Drones UK on April 2, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Great video I love all the drones thanks for sharing.

  32. Dylan Milne on April 2, 2021 at 1:24 am

    So what an industrial park where you may hit somebody but you are more likely to fall onto private property, and damage property. Yet You aren’t allowed to be in a public park where you also may hit somebody but you’re most likely to hit trees or grass.

  33. Veterans Brotherhood on April 2, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Starts at 11:00. YW

  34. VladimirRussia29 on April 2, 2021 at 1:25 am

    Literally they are ruining and discouraging hobbies. When I was younger, people were like "get off the couch and go outside". Well I did and now I am threatened with a $3000 fine.

  35. Crabtree FPV on April 2, 2021 at 1:26 am

    Any successful flights that day??

  36. JSKCKNIT on April 2, 2021 at 1:27 am

    That’s so annoying. Nobody is using the park. You guys aren’t bothering anybody. I’ve had the same problems here.

  37. huhhman on April 2, 2021 at 1:31 am

    Me and my friends use a farmers field now, but there is one catch. If i see any coyotes i have to chase them off with the drone. I can live with that lol

    Another thing about parks under the jurisdiction of a municipality is they have authority over transport canada by the way of bylaws. TC may say you can but a municipality that it falls under can say no. In reality the only place you can actually fly now is outside of the city limits. It’s a shame.

  38. Devil's Offspring on April 2, 2021 at 1:32 am

    This is nothing new, police confiscated my model aircraft 20 years ago. I had a really nice smaller airplane and was flying it in the boonies, they just showed up and took it from me.
    Flying RC is all but illegal in Canada. You have to join an RC flying club and have a MAAC membership for insurance, and just that costs more money than any RC aircraft I’d be willing to buy!

  39. JessiePVlogs on April 2, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Can’t have fun anymore. 😔😔

  40. Ray25hua on April 2, 2021 at 1:41 am

    Please hold the camera higher! We’re constantly looking up at you!

  41. InGoodFaithLogic on April 2, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Stupid ass cop…

  42. Tim Brady on April 2, 2021 at 1:45 am

    Forget your hobbies,shoot heroin instead…the police will leave you be .

  43. Gerald's Videos on April 2, 2021 at 1:46 am

    It’s getting to a point that we can’t fly anywhere. WTF!

  44. csselement on April 2, 2021 at 1:47 am

    He did a good job making up article numbers! Of course none of them are accurate.

  45. Richard Meaney on April 2, 2021 at 1:47 am


  46. Markyroson on April 2, 2021 at 1:47 am

    At least nowadays TC says you have to abide by all other (by)laws etc. Few places you are able to fly these days.

  47. R Morante on April 2, 2021 at 1:47 am

    Hey Alan. What do you do if some random person claims your flying illegally? Like in a park.

  48. Ben Zittlau on April 2, 2021 at 1:48 am

    I was curious so I found the parks and recreation bylaws (3646 as the code described). Google for "CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF NEW WESTMINSTER PARKS REGULATION BYLAW NO. 3646". It’s a short read, and hasn’t been amended since 2014. I don’t see any mention of remote controlled vehicles, so pretty sure the cop was talking out of his ass.

  49. Johnlim Male on April 2, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Bylaw is not police…………

  50. Răzvan C on April 2, 2021 at 1:50 am

    I like your videos but you gave up to easy. Where is the clarification about that area?

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