Drone Laws/guidelines and my thoughts on them

I think the current drone laws/guidelines are too strict to say where the technology has grown in the last few years. These toy drones are anything but toys now and are build to high quality standards and the newest ones have multi layers of fail-safes in them that should be accounted for when making these guidelines/laws. Please always fly safe and never push the envelope too far when flying around people, but remember that “guidelines” are not laws and can’t be enforced. The Canadian government has these full set of guidelines laid out for all to clearly see, but actual laws are very hard if not impossible to figure out, so always just use your own judgement. I encourage people to gain a lot of experience in an open space before every flying like me, and gain a full understanding of how long your drone takes to react to controller input, to stop, turn, etc. Always check that your compass is properly calibrated to avoid a crash or fly-away. For those that don’t like the way I fly, or the videos I make, feel free to report me to any authorities you see fit. One thing to keep in mind, especially for my Canadian viewers is never take money for footage as that would be a crime. I have had several people ask to buy footage from me, and I have turned down every offer and told them just to download it from youtube at no charge as I don’t want to lose my hobby pilot status, and it would also make my flying illegal as all the guidelines become law if you are commercial in this hobby.

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22 Comments

  1. Muppet Crazy on September 29, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Excellent

  2. Cruising Off Duty on September 29, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Hey! I saw you were a subscriber of mine so I was curious what you little hobby was so I checked out your channel. We both have a love of Drone Videography so I am sure we will enjoy each other’s content, so keep up the good videos like this one. I agree with everything you said here. I have a Q500 4K and the new Mavic Pro but I am also a fellow Canadian so it gets a bit difficult to get in as much flying time as I would like in this inhospitable weather. Luckily, I have a BVI Sailing charter coming up in Feb so that should make for some good episodes in the not too distant future. Keep up the good work.

  3. Droning Around on September 29, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Great points (and cool flight too..). I agree, so many of these "rules" are overkill, but I suppose they had to make rules that could work for everybody, even the morons that own drones lol. I’ve always thought you are as responsible as you can be- really common sense can go a long way for everyone. After passing my FAA part 107, I learned alot about the relationship between drones and manned aircraft, and honestly I think that is the biggest reason they don’t really want us flying out of LOS-to reduce probability of collision (of course common sense should prevent that!). I think once they make beacons in drones that aircraft can sense, and as technology advances, the LOS rule will dissipate. Kind of sucks now that I am commercial, since I have to obey whether or not I agree :(. I’d give it less than 10 years and Amazon.com will be delivering by drone. Anyway, good video, keep them coming, you’ve been pumping out quite a few lately, I’m impressed! -Preston.

  4. MrWildlife168 on September 29, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Canadian rules are alot harder then USA rules.

  5. Rube Velazquez on September 29, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    great vid. since I put my hands on my phantom this is the first place that came to my mind for filming. this and the falls but the falls wouldn’t be a good idea I think. keep bringing the nice videos

  6. Captain Rick on September 29, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Could not agree more!

  7. Victory Bell on September 29, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    hit the nail on the head. thanks MLH 👍👍👍up to you my friend…

  8. Zach Whitney on September 29, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Could you do laws for America?

  9. Steven Drone Video on September 29, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Good advice. I need to learn the settings to make my footage look like this.

  10. Viking426 on September 29, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    nm does mean nautical miles. you got it right 🙂

  11. FPV Range on September 29, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    I like what you said in your video agree with everything you mentioned.
    We have very strict laws here in the UK.
    I always say F**k it enjoy your life you only live once.
    Everyday is a risk taking.
    If I obey every flipping drone rule in the book I be better off not unboxing my phantom.

  12. Zach Whitney on September 29, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Can’t wait till Christmas when my drone comes

  13. rpieon pie on September 29, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    I agree with some of the comments but your opinion is based on everyone operating ethically and that is not human nature.  They are guidelines assuming someone won’t follow them so we are all protected. Look at youtube some idiot has already mounted guns to a drone and live fired them – I rest my case !  Secondly if I am in my backyard behind my house and a fence I have a right to privacy and you have no right and are breaking the law to photograph me, I know I used to enforce the law.Flight out of line of sight is foolish because the drone may return on its own but you can’t see what might impact the drone and bring it down possibly injuring someone on the ground while operating it.  You didn’t even see that airport in Mexico and you were in line of sight when you flew !  No recorded injuries of drones and people YET.  Kites have been around for thousands of years – drones not.  I guess you don’t watch the drone fails, again on you tube and see people hit and cut by them.  Just no mechanism to record drone injuries yet but they are out there.The distances around airports and helipads are for the aircraft safety not your flying convenience.  Flying close to lots of people is fine if nothing goes wrong – again drone fail videos watch some !  Lets look at your last video I just watched where you take off about 20 meters from the QEW – the busiest roadway in Canada.  One wrong touch or gust of wind and the drone goes onto the QEW and maybe causes a multi vehicle pile up injuring/killing how many people, thanks for another example of not where to fly.

  14. chris owens on September 29, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    I agree with everything you just mentioned.
    These drones cannot spy on people number one they are too f**kin noisy and no zoom capability.
    Number two if I wanted to spy on someone I use a cell phone or a DSLR Camera both nice and easy and very quiet too.

  15. Boosted89GT on September 29, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Another great video and good advice as always keep them coming!!! I look forward to your videos!!!

  16. Bailey Bassett on September 29, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Thought Australian rules where bad. Our max height is 120 metres and we only have to be 5 kilometres away from airports etc and 30 metres away from people.

  17. Kyle Ranallo on September 29, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    first like

  18. Abudahbi choghi on September 29, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Dreams crushed of being first comment

  19. dheller777 on September 29, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I live in the States and we have about the same regs as you do with the altitude limit being 400ft. I am pretty much in agreement with your thoughts and think much of the regs in place were put there arbitrarily with little input if any from actual drone operators. Including our opinions would have included the experiences of many fine operators which would have opened the regulators eyes to the real experiences of  our hobby. Thanks again and fly safe!

  20. Tips lm on September 29, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Agree 100% percent

  21. HOBBY K. ENTERTAINMENT on September 29, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    good advice, great video as always

  22. Hero Huntsville on September 29, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Agree your points on drone rules are spot on.

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