New Canadian Drone Laws Coming June 1st, 2019

As of June 1st, 2019 it looks like new drone laws will be coming to Canada. What do you think of them? Will which licence will you be going for? Leave a comment.

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  1. jakeboynz on September 12, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks for the informative video. Would this also apply to fpv freestyle/ racing drones?

    I’m going to be visiting Canada soon from Australia. Just so that I can get this right. I need to:
    1) Take the basic test online (As that’s what i choose)
    2) Register the drone –> Write the number on the drone
    3) Carry my cert. with me at all times and follow the 30-120m rule (Not flying over people)

    Is this correct?
    Cheers from Australia 🙂

  2. ssrc30 on September 12, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    It’s too bad that deone hobbyists are now being treated like criminals. This is a similar path the government took with our ridiculous gun laws and look where that landed us. I don’t necessarily mind registering but the fact is that this is just becoming a cash grab. They know that most people, especially in rural areas, have no access to flight training and will therefore likely fail the tests. I’m almost positive that these laws are based on very unsubstantiated claims.

  3. Christopher H. on September 12, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    The issue is not the test, the main money grabber is the registration, 5 dollars per drone ? Make it 5 dollars for all!

  4. Maker Noob on September 12, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    It is just another example of the current Canadian government wants to control people period. They do this with all facets of hobbyists, gun owners, fake news etc. its all about control and has absolutely nothing to do with safety or trying to train or inform people. Canadians are taxed and taxed because the current government can’t control its spending or supporting other foreign interests, they care nothing about the quality of life of Canadians or whether our families are safe. Do you part and let’s make a change a this year and get our country back on track by ridding ourselves of this Liberal invasion, or rights and livelihoods of Canadians is at stake here.

  5. Ron Craig on September 12, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I’ve been flying a Phantom 4 Pro for two years as a hobby and am very happy Transport Canada has come up with clearly defined rules for the different levels of operation of your drone.
    The registration is easy and only $5.00. I haven’t taken the basic exam yet, however don’t take the exam until you are very familiar with the knowledge guidelines are studied. I took the
    flight school course at the local airport and used the textbook From the Ground Up by A.F. MacDonald. Also check out Transport Canada’s Knowledge Requirements for Pilots of Remotely
    Piloted Aircraft Systems 250g up to and including 25kg, Operating within Visual line of Sight (VLOS) (TP 15263). It explains the two areas, Basic and Advanced and what is needed to know
    with each of the exams. there is a lot of information even for just the basic exam, so study! The fees are $10 each and you have 35 questions for basic with a pass mark of 65% and 50 questions 
    with advanced with a pass mark of 80%. Good luck and happy flying and get home safe.

  6. Nelson Pereira on September 12, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    This is a GOOD thing. But hopefully law enforcement will be enforcing this because I see WAYYYY too many idiots not obeying the current rules.

    on the inssurance side, i totally dissagree. Liability inssurance should have been in the new regulations. I am a private pilot and fly my own plane. if my plane gets damaged due to a drone, i would be suing the owner, and that can be very expenssive…

  7. Sandy Chu on September 12, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    I just passed my small basic exam with 2 hours of studying, I found the test reasonably hard

  8. Mike music on September 12, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    this is the beginning of more comunnist laws in our great Country just wait for the big grabs in the near future we have lost our country and we dont even know it yet

  9. Jorge Ayala on September 12, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    I’m already register the drone through FAA That I need to register the drone to fly in Canada

  10. 45 Auto on September 12, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I’m US citizen and live in the US. We have our problems but I cant understand why any one would ever want to live in Canada.

  11. John Q FPV on September 12, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Fly a whoop promte <70 grams in your yard and you are a criminal! Smoke weed and promote abortion, you’re a class act!

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  13. Zdenka Darula on September 12, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    I have a question for you since you seem to know lots.. lol…. as a youtuber which has now monetized channel, do I need to have commercial license to fly a drone (I am from Canada) or just the class G airspace basic license… I only need to film myself and perhaps some scenery with no people in it… this will make my decision if I want to keep my DJI Spark or sell it and get the DJI Spark 2 which is planned to be released and will be less then 250g…. I hope you get this… I really appreciate if you have some answers.. thank you

  14. Jorden Belanic on September 12, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    These laws are stupid, just don’t follow them. It’s almost impossible for them to catch you. If I wanted to fly a drone I would fly one, I’m not getting a fucking license! Just use common sense & your not going to hurt anyone or cause issues.

  15. VA3DLO on September 12, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    what is the license i hear people say we need a amiture radio opperators license…is it a ham radio license if so I’m good im a amiture radio opperator..

  16. tim smith on September 12, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Hi & thanks for this video very informative but could you clarify if as a non Canadian citizen I can fly my drone in Canada for recreational use please as transport Canada website seems to go around in circles?? I’ll be heading out to Canada in late June ! Hope you can help thanks

  17. Bret Rowlinson on September 12, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    I just passed my advanced with a certified flight tester this week. One important thing to note is that ‘controlled airspace’ isn’t just the area around airports and heliports. For instance, where I live, the entire City is under restricted airspace (due to a nearby military training base), so an advanced cert (with approvals for any flights) is required to fly anywhere inside that control zone. This is a great resource to help find where it is safe to fly:

  18. Dave Cruickshank on September 12, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    If that precludes the need to apply for an SFOC everytime you want to do a pro shoot… That can’t be a bad thing at all… Leveraging the playing field is worse for the hobbyist for sure, but might be better for the pro videographer (my group).

  19. Nutmeg Macadamia on September 12, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Flying a camera outside my bathroom window is not a hobby. We need our rights protected.

  20. Joseph Michela on September 12, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    So, I’ve been reading through the regulations. I see lots and lots of really good stuff like: Don’t fly in places where you can take out a plane. If you fly in airspace with an ATC, make sure you can talk to the ATC. If you fly in Class G airspace, there *is no* ATC to talk to. Or, do a preflight to know what to do when something inevitably goes wrong. This isn’t bad stuff. (Full regs: What they’re asking for is for pilots to be wise about how and where they fly their drones. Registering a drone is $5. Getting your licenses is $10 for basic, $10 for advanced. This isn’t a cash grab. Even for the cheapest drones, a registration is only 1/20th of the cost of the $100 drone. If you fly foamboard drones, then register for a number then stick it on your foamboard plane, whatever shape that plane happens to be this time.

    This is a "don’t be stupid in the sky" law, not a "The Guv’ment don’t like drones" law. The Guv’ment (and I) don’t like drones flying in stupid places by ignorant people.

  21. Roy on September 12, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Can I fly drone above the Highways to film my moving car in Canadian Highways????

  22. PurposelyPernicious on September 12, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Guys, this government values their perceived notion of safety over our freedoms. I will not comply but will continue to fly safely.

  23. Greg Penner on September 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    There is a lot of confusion about what a "drone" is. I replied to someones comments here and now he appears to have deleted his comment. I feel this needs to be understood that ALL remotely piloted aircraft are "DRONES" in Canada. The 731 page document which contains the air laws for Canada state: "remotely piloted aircraft means a navigable aircraft, other than a balloon, rocket or kite, that is operated by a pilot who is not on board". Also stated elsewhere "We use the term “drone” on these pages to refer to any type of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS). There are a number of different terms for this technology. In Part IX of the Canadian Aviation Regulations, we use the term Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems to align with our international partners."" I know, I don’t know how to quote a quote but the fact is, a "drone" in Canada is anything flown remotely and the rules apply to anything over 250 grams. It’s all in the Canadian Aviation Regulations

  24. tubeseek41 on September 12, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    What do you think about the article 901.23(1)?

  25. Damien Lair on September 12, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    The problem is if your not Canadian citizen. I’m French and living in Canada from 1 year and I have to do a coas hahahaha

  26. Graham Kirk on September 12, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    How old do you have to be to fly?

  27. sweiland75 on September 12, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    I guess we may never have a drone-based delivery service in Canada.

  28. Mustafa Adamjee on September 12, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    What about for someone who is *not* a Canadian citizen. Is a tourist, visitor etc. would they have to do the same thing?

  29. IIOnMyXII on September 12, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Very nice channel mate, real clean looking

  30. Aaron Sweeney on September 12, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Ok maybe I am missing something and new to this…Why dont they state the hight you are allowed to fly in the bassic and advanced? I know we should be using the drone selection tool to stay away from controled airspace airports etc but nothing about hight. As well as what if your or a property falls I the controled airspace you cant fly your drone at all or at a specific hight only…? They really have made this more common then it should be or is it just me?

  31. digitalpsd on September 12, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    I’m wondering how many airplanes does drones took down in Canada and does birds need to pass this license thing as well? lol

  32. santiago vindell on September 12, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Gosh is there a study manual for this?? I read that they are sending you to get your study with a flight school but I just can’t see any course outthere from those schools!

  33. Graham Hurst on September 12, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Its easier to get a boating licence. The exam had materiel on it that had no relevance to hobbyist drone users. Very unhappy.

  34. Tom Beckett on September 12, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    I think your good to go with the test .

  35. Alter Eco Adventures on September 12, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    This is so helpful, thank you!

  36. Gary D on September 12, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    ill be visiting Dawson Creek b.c in two weeks,bringing my mavic air with me,do i need some sort of documents for me to fly?

  37. Ronald Rocheleau on September 12, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Good idea we need this! Thanks for the video

  38. Cory Knapp on September 12, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    You will need to keep your knowledge up to date. If you let your knowledge level lapse for more than 2 years, we may invalidate your results.

    You must keep proof on you that you’ve retained your knowledge whenever you fly. Standard 921.04 – Recency Requirementsoutlines acceptable activities, including:

    attending a safety seminar endorsed by Transport Canada Civil Aviation

    completing a recurrent drone training program

    completing a self-paced study program endorsed by Transport Canada Civil Aviation

  39. Joe Raz on September 12, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Hi CC, how does this apply to tourist? I’ll Be in Banff, jasper and Vancouver and I pretty much found in google that I can’t fly in some areas around here, is this true???

  40. MCVideography on September 12, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Nice vid, where can i get a reviewer or any references before taking the exam? Thank you

  41. Théry S. on September 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    That law makes sense, but like our parents how had their motorcycle license at a glance, the law changed and now there are lessons and exams to have by law to get the motorcycle license. So that would make sense that all hobby pilots would be free of that new law. It is called "acquired right".

  42. AnwarMaru on September 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    I guess with how advanced drones are becoming, it’s a good thing to try make sure that people flying aren’t putting anyone at risk, just not quite sure these tests will keep that from happening. Seems like a cash grab.
    Thank you for taking the time to make this video, and sharing this info!

  43. nwimpney on September 12, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    5.8km is a long way. It sounds reasonable until you look at a map (TC has one on their website.. Look at all the places you fly. I would bet most of them are in the red) The "advanced" will need you to not only pass a test, but also do a the flight review with a drone school (The ones I looked at are at it to make a profit. Several hundred dollars seems typical). Also, only certain drones are certified for advanced operation. Your DJI is not approved for flying near people (if there’s anyone within 30m that isn’t directly involved in the flight, it’s illegal. Doesn’t matter if they’re okay with it, or they’re your friend, etc.)

    I fly FPV mini quads (and soon fixed wing), and the new laws will make most of what I do illegal. I fly in parks or sports fields that are empty, and if anyone comes nearby, my spotter will inform me in case I don’t see it myself (I usually do, but better safe than sorry), and I’ll either stay far away from them, or land, whichever is more appropriate. Essentially, I fly very safely and don’t put anyone at risk, but I would still be breaking pretty much all of the new rules, as would almost every FPV freestyle pilot or racer.

    These rules will pretty much ruin the RC aircraft hobby, and will accomplish absolutely nothing. Criminals and Reckless pilots simply won’t register or follow the rules. The only people this will affect are the responsible pilots who try and follow the rules (and they’re already safe fliers.)

  44. ASD Podscast on September 12, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Also, DJI has updated their SafeMap for selecting safe takeoff sites. Here:

  45. edstar83 on September 12, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    This all about $$$$$

  46. plemli on September 12, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    You don’t know how lucky you are with these fairly relaxed rules compared to other countries. I’ve paid over 1000€ in mandatory training and exams to be able to fly a max 5kg drone no more than 45m AGL almost nowhere as 90% of the country is controlled or special purpose airspace or an agglomeration or otherwise disallowed.

  47. Rob H on September 12, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    I was just going to buy a used DJI Phantom 4 today. After this video I just wrote the guy back and said not interested anymore because of the new laws.

  48. on September 12, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Who wants to fight this leave me like? I live in Manitoba and just bought a drone without knowing all this. It should at least be free to do all of there licensing bs. It’s not going to stop anyone who wants to do bad things. It is going to incriminate anyone who uses a drone.

  49. jianzhi meng on September 12, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    very helpful

  50. eli imperio on September 12, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    Here’s the thing, passing to advance you can’t use any drone, unfortunately those mavic or phantom is not listed to fly for advance, is not approved…

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