New Drone Rules for 2020? Announcing Don's Drone Rules!

Introducing “Don’s Drone Rules”, a proposed framework of practical drone regulations, globally applicable, with a balance between risk and restrictions. This is the first of a series of videos where I offer up the rules ‘if I ran the circus’, based on practical experience droning in Canada.

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27 Comments

  1. AstroDeck Astronomy and Nature on June 19, 2020 at 7:07 am

    Hello Don. happy

    Hello Don. Happy New Year. Your set of rules are responsible and based on experience and sensitivity. As you pointed out, there is no balance in our rules. I have a Mavic Air drone and It does not make sense at all that to fly it I require to have the knowledge of a commercial pilot. Its clear there are stupid people around that do not measure responsibility and risk. I wonder if a letter signed in large numbers by members of the drone community addressed to the Minister is viable in order to establish balance in the rules that govern our hobby.

  2. Silver Top Flyer on June 19, 2020 at 7:08 am

    Hey Don I pray you are well,great video content. Take care my brother.

  3. Dave Stredulinsky on June 19, 2020 at 7:12 am

    Excellent Don. Sounds like a well thought out and sensible approach. I certainly agree with your suggestions and look forward to seeing the details.

  4. Peter F Kapnistos on June 19, 2020 at 7:13 am

    "The term ‘Toy’ refers to the Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drone) and the distinction between a Small Unmanned Aircraft and Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft is contained within Article 95 of the Air Navigation Order and defined as a small unmanned aircraft which is equipped to undertake any form of surveillance or data acquisition. Therefore it is not based on the resolution of the sensor, but the presence of a surveillance or data acquiring device." The new July 2020 (EASA) drone laws will require toy cameras under 250 grams like this (see link below) to be registered with the EU governments. They obviously want to limit the sales of the Mavic Mini without appearing to violate fair trading regulations, so aerial photography is no longer considered a recreational art form by EASA, but a surveillance tool. Such oppressive laws may actually lead to a negative depiction of the relationship between law and ethics. It is absurd to think that 10-year-old children are required to go to their local police stations to register toy cameras or be fined euro 1,000. https://www.banggood.com/JJRC-H66-Egg-720P-WIFI-FPV-Selfie-Drone-With-Gravity-Sensor-Mode-Altitude-Hold-RC-Quadcopterr-RTF-p-1205850.html

  5. Supergoldfish on June 19, 2020 at 7:13 am

    Well done sir! Transport Canada should be looking at hiring you!

  6. normano aguiar on June 19, 2020 at 7:14 am

    hello don you keep saying flying close to people and over on the basic you should be able to fly over people even if is 15 or 50 meter so if a drone is flying lets say to a ocean or lake it will bee over people one way or another haw is this to be done and returning home is possible that people will bee walker on the street??

  7. Northeast Drone Productions on June 19, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Don for prime minister!!!! A lot of thought has gone into this. Nice stuff mate. I’ll check the next ones out. Cheers mate

  8. CMA on June 19, 2020 at 7:16 am

    very good 👍 👍

  9. Ray Foster on June 19, 2020 at 7:17 am

    Thanks Don.

    You’d think that having an astronaut as our transport minister, things would make more sense, not less. Just goes to show how much actual reading and research go into passing laws in Canada.
    I tried to start an aerial photography and videography business a few years back, but the rules were always changing and I finally just gave up after spending thousands$$.

    Have you put forward any suggestions to the man?

  10. Andy Fyon on June 19, 2020 at 7:18 am

    Valuable and important discussion. Txs

  11. RotorWash UAV on June 19, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Will make for an interesting discussion Don, looking forward to it!

  12. MURRAY BROWN on June 19, 2020 at 7:25 am

    As a Canadian I fully concur with your comments about being a "pilot". I tried five times to try and understand the rules and yet failing the tests. In frustration I finally gave up and purchased a very light drone. This coming spring I will probably purchase the new Mavic Mini ….. at 249 grams. 🇨🇦

  13. Stewart McBean on June 19, 2020 at 7:28 am

    I hope you are going to cover recency of certification. There has to be an easy, free, and practical way of maintaining your certification. Excellent videos as always. Cheers.

  14. Brant Aerials on June 19, 2020 at 7:29 am

    Thanks Don. This just makes so much sense. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s coming next.

  15. vic placido on June 19, 2020 at 7:30 am

    Great video don’t. How can we push for something like this to be implemented? Should we start a petition?

  16. Mike Harris on June 19, 2020 at 7:33 am

    Too bad you are not our transport minister Don. As a result Canada has what has to be the strictest and most ridiculous drone laws in the world requiring a drone pilot to know as much if not more than a commercial pilot to get the advanced certification. Your approach makes complete “sense.” Looking forward to upcoming videos from a normal real drone pilot and not some drone fearing politician in Ottawa.

  17. SPACEUPHORIA on June 19, 2020 at 7:35 am

    It’s probably going to become a Money Grab. That’s what they want from drone flying.

  18. Salvatore Vinciguerra on June 19, 2020 at 7:39 am

    Excellent proposal Don. There are a lot of people abusing their power on both sides. Thanks for sharing your way of resolving the many problems with regulating drones. I’d really like to purchase one sometime soon. Thank you!

  19. YoSteveFilms on June 19, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Curious as to what your thoughts are regarding the Mavic Mini and the registration requirements. Do you see Trans Canada lowering the minimum weight for what drones need to be registered? After seeing a lot of people getting the Mavic Mini for christmas with no previous history of the regulations. Eager to see what the new year brings regarding changes to rules and regs.

  20. Bertil Lundin on June 19, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Great video! Great job done Don! Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend! // Bertil.

  21. 2 chiens pour 1 traversée on June 19, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Great! 😉

  22. Icantdrive55 on June 19, 2020 at 7:48 am

    I’m assuming you are going to pass on these great ideas to the powers that be, our Canadian government. Great video looking forward to the details. 👍🇨🇦

  23. tony de on June 19, 2020 at 7:51 am

    Hope someone from the government is watching. And learning!

  24. Northeast Drone Productions on June 19, 2020 at 7:53 am

    😂🤣🤣🤣shiny head

  25. Above And Beyond Drones on June 19, 2020 at 7:54 am

    Don, the Government’s seem to have been taken by surprise with the fast advancement of UAV’s. But I don’t think they were prepared for the Cyber Security issues that came with these advancements either. It is up to all of us to get involved and help shape our future in the Airspace or it will be done for us be people whom don’t fully understand operations and use cases. Education is everyone’s responsibility and ass always our actions speak louder than our words; bad actors create problems for us all. Remote ID can be a good thing but should be reigned in as to who can have access to our information, as it stands now, it only invites problems for remote pilots.

  26. Tay Tries Things on June 19, 2020 at 7:56 am

    I am getting a ton of mixed answers, now that I have come across your channel I hope I can ask you Don.

    I picked up a DJI Mavic Mini a little while ago, I was curious what I can, and cannot do with this drone.
    I dont mean spec wise, (resolution, flight distance, wind handling etc…) I mean, what LAWS do I have to watch out for as a Canadian? Aside from the obvious heliports/airport restrictions. What am I not allowed to do?

  27. Pinetree Line Productions on June 19, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Awesome stuff Don! Now send these rules off to Marc Garneau and get some sensible changes happening! Thanks brother!

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