Peter Mckinnon Is Wrong About The Canadian Drone Laws!

I like Peter Mckinnons videos but I think this latest one missed the mark.

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  1. Epic Rhino Films on April 11, 2021 at 1:11 am

    But RC airplanes are unmanned aircrafts which means they are drones.

  2. Phantom HodgesDrone on April 11, 2021 at 1:11 am

    to let you know, i am a advanced drone pilot in Canada, i am 62 years old, if i can pass then everyone should be able to, sure it was some work involved , but i studied and did my flight review, and now licenced to drone just about anywhere with in reason of course , i believe it was worth it

  3. Discover Life Media on April 11, 2021 at 1:12 am

    Two thumbs up from me!

  4. Scott Primrose on April 11, 2021 at 1:12 am

    It’s part of Agenda 2030. They will shut you down. Expect more!

  5. The Naturalist on April 11, 2021 at 1:12 am

    I just watched Pete’s video. It was click bait. Canada actually has very permissive drone laws. The insurance requirement has been dropped. Registering a drone costs $5, it’s good for the life of the drone or unless it’s sold, and takes about 3 minutes online. The basic and advanced drone license tests both cost $10, you can do them online in 45 minutes, and you can just take the advanced if you want. I took the basic and passed it at 90% just by Googling the answers as I went. To be fair, I did a drone school in summer, 2018 just to be a better pilot, and it was only $100 and took a Saturday afternoon. No big deal. Most of Canada is class G, uncontrolled air space, so someone with a basic license can fly almost anywhere. If you want to fly around aerodromes or high traffic air space, just get the advanced license and clear it with air traffic. Again, no big deal. BTW, the fine is $1000 for a private person if flying an unregistered drone or without a license or in controlled air space. The $5,000 fine is only for businesses.

  6. Grannywankanobie on April 11, 2021 at 1:13 am

    All you guys that say you didn’t study and passed first try are full of something stinky. Some of the questions on the CDN test for basic are hard for a pilot to answer and half have nothing to do with flying a drone in line of sight. And if you read our rules. Even with a licence it is still hard to find a place to fly your drone and be legal. It’s not impossible to pass the test but it’s not the walk in the park that some of you passed with out studying guys say

  7. The Crusher on April 11, 2021 at 1:14 am

    Peter is using a drone, he wants to discourage others from using a drone.

  8. blastman8888 on April 11, 2021 at 1:15 am

    Whats with all the log recording, and the $1000 fines for crashing, or running the battery dead. Every single model airplane I ever flew has crashed eventually. FPV drone racing crash all the time batteries go dead all the time.

  9. Idaho Quadcopter on April 11, 2021 at 1:18 am

    Sadly Peter McKinnon really resorted to clickbait on that video. I lost a lot of respect for him on this one.

  10. Bruce Penhaligan on April 11, 2021 at 1:20 am

    I’ll actually back Pete up, everyone here is talking about the $10 basic test, that lets you fly no further than 30m, the cost of the advanced exam is in the region of $800!! So get caught flying with your drone over further than 30m away then yeah the fine is $5k

  11. Robert Koontz on April 11, 2021 at 1:21 am

    You guy’s are forgetting the fact He has a 107 pilot on retainer. Not sure how lucrative that his. Most drone pilots think these tests are ridiculous for an R/C pilot. I think someone like Amazon lobbied for stringent rules and regs. They say their going to squeeze out the hobbyist. Granted, I think they’ll squeeze us all out eventually. Why would they want to share the air. Pete was a little over the top. He also sees the writing on the wall. I hope I’m wrong. How many laws are ever redacted, not many. lawzlawzlawz…

  12. Johnathon Wheeler on April 11, 2021 at 1:23 am

    I did the test, winged it and got 62% also LOL. I failed by one question lol. I am going to retake the test again tonight. The test has nothing to do with safety for a recreation drone user. The test to me sounds like it would be suitable for a professional drone pilot….. Piloting an unmanned 747! The problem with this test is, anyone can just cheat and pass. I got 63% just winging it. So what will happen is, people are going to cheat(google ctrl-f search), they learn nothing and that whole thing is just stupid. Instead they could have made a program with a test to actually educate people on the safety of flying a drone. Completely stupid. Can’t fly above 400ft, but you have to be able to identify cloud formations. when you start asking about aeronautical maps,the kind of clouds,how to use VHF and how a plane stalls ? Makes sense. For instance, questions related to, Aeronautical telephone communications. MAKES TOTAL SENSE FUCKING MENTAL CANADIAN GOVERNMENT MENTAL MENTAL SLAM YOUR FUCKING ARM AGAINST YOUR CHEST CANADA mental!

  13. Mike Wiltshire on April 11, 2021 at 1:25 am

    Hi Ken, great video, I agree with you, I thought Peter’s video was misleading.

    I’m UK citizen, and traveling to Canada in August, Will I be required to take the exam to fly whilst in the country? ⭐️

  14. DiGiTaL TiTaN on April 11, 2021 at 1:25 am

    I cant help but chime in on the “don’t be an idiot” . I’m fairly new and a late bloomer to drone community. I picked the mini with limited research and quickly fell in love with the hobby and went straight to the Mav 2 zoom.I was looking for a new way to up my game in photography. I feel as though the very few have made things harder for the majority of the community. Stupid people, making poor choices is a shame.

  15. jmolesworth on April 11, 2021 at 1:26 am

    What it takes to get a license in Australia.

  16. MTL Packman on April 11, 2021 at 1:28 am

    The exams are $10 each and you have to renew it once a year.

  17. Canoehound Adventures on April 11, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Great Commentary on this video. I just watched the video that Peter put out and I was thinking the same thing that I was being mislead. Rules like that are put into place more for safety and if you do not want to play by the rules… then don’t play… Dennis

  18. Nelson Lehner on April 11, 2021 at 1:32 am

    Not sure why you do a video on Canadian drone laws and tests, while stating ‘I don’t know much about Canadian drone laws…..

  19. Never Jordinary on April 11, 2021 at 1:32 am


  20. Shane JB on April 11, 2021 at 1:32 am

    It’s misleading clickbaiting video titles like that made me quit watching his channel.

  21. Dale on April 11, 2021 at 1:33 am

    I enjoy your videos, and like your channel. I don’t know anything about flying in Canada, and it doesn’t sound like you do either. Pete probably overdid the drama to make his point, but we can’t just sit back and say "oh well, the government knows best. Check out Bruce’s videos (RCModel Reviews). Mandatory licensing for a hobby that has never caused a death, or a serious injury is dumb.

  22. ryerye700 on April 11, 2021 at 1:35 am

    I agree with you Ken. But I’m also thinking you two might be brothers

  23. Paul McDevitt on April 11, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Just bought a DJI Mini 2, which is under the weight so don’t need the license. But plan to tackle the training as think it would be a good idea to know hw to do things right. Btw, there are fines in Canada and they start at $1,000

  24. insanedb on April 11, 2021 at 1:35 am

    i bet he got paid by the government to scare people to fly drones

  25. Johnson City Aerial Photography LLC on April 11, 2021 at 1:38 am

    Canadians should be happy it’s only $10 up there while it’s $150 down here in the US.. Just some of Peter’s usual clickbait (And if he really got that fine then he’s more than halfway there paying for it with 500K Youtube views)

  26. Stephen and Janaka on April 11, 2021 at 1:41 am

    Thank you for making this! Agree completely – the title of PM’s vid was a bit over reactive. Why create such a stigma of doom and gloom for a a relatively straight forward (though annoying) test. Cheers from Toronto!

  27. Eric Penner on April 11, 2021 at 1:45 am

    As a student pilot, I understand why we’ve got to have laws when it comes to drones. I mean obviously I don’t want to hit a random drone while flying! But some of the requirements are overkill. TC requires you to pass an online exam, which is not a bad thing, but also requires you to register the drone and review NOTAMS (which for the average person is hard to read), the CFS, the airspace handbook, and updated aeronautical charts! Talk about overkill! You have to be a full blown pilot to fly these things now! Appreciate the video though. Still a Pete fan nevertheless!

  28. Louis Luzuka on April 11, 2021 at 1:46 am

    *subbed* much love from vancouver canada, I still have to take my test but I think it’ll be awesome because I hated not being able to fly wherever whenever at least I can be doing it safely and leagally!

  29. Joshua McMillan on April 11, 2021 at 1:46 am

    ok. peter was joking in his video. he still flys the drones because he loves too. his video was complaining about how tight and hard it was to fly as a hobbyist. as a (hopeful) future drone pilot, the laws in the UK are now getting tighter. and as a college student it’s hard to pay the annual fees and do the tests. when school is important. but peter was joking around and was making fun of how hard the F/CAA is being with this. plz understand this comment, im not looking for beef, i just want to get a point across

  30. Mars Bolcan on April 11, 2021 at 1:46 am

    I used to own a Yuneec Typhoon Q500 but had to sell it after. I wanted to get a drone again in the near future, but with Canada’s bloody drone laws, I won’t be able fly within my own damn property, or anywhere else in my hometown. It’s absurdly strict, and there’s not much of a point of getting a drone again if I can’t fly the drone anywhere near where I live. It’s not worth the investment into the drone if I have to drive somewhere else to use it.

  31. Reprogramming Mind on April 11, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Thanks for the heads up and yea, adversity is an opportunity to step up.

  32. Alex Ardussi on April 11, 2021 at 1:49 am

    I’m going to disagree with this your take; at least partially. It seems as though one of things that have fueled the pro-sumer market is the casual user. These things are easy to fly so with little skill you can have one of these drones up and having fun with it in relatively short order. The more regulatory barriers that get introduced, the less you will see getting into this. Hardcore drone enthusiasts will most likely enjoy and take pride in passing a knowledge test or successfully getting a LAANCE authorization. Once people start buying these drones and they realize that for many of them, they can’t even fly them legally out of their backyards, you will see more unhappy buyers putting their drones up for sale, and less people buying them altogether. The net effect is that you will see less casual flyers and you will still see the same very rare blatant misbehavior.

    TLDR: people should know this stuff because the skies will be safer, although I don’t think they are that unsafe to begin with. I also think less people will get into this pursuit in the future.

  33. Bill The Drone Reviewer on April 11, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Ken I could not agree with you more ! Excellent video !

  34. jmolesworth on April 11, 2021 at 1:50 am

    LOL, in Australia it costs upwards of $2000 to take the test. The lessons are equivalent to applying for a Private Pilot’s License (PPL).

  35. Sebastian on April 11, 2021 at 1:50 am

    it’s not about how hard or the money that cost to fly a Drone, it’s more about having new rules , taxes , etc…… every single day!! it’s like accumulated frustration that we have toi pay for everything!! btw, you should do a better research before calling someone out (you didn;t know the fees and details about the new rules) …. just saying, cheers and keep it up!!

  36. Gorillaman's Garage on April 11, 2021 at 1:51 am

    My only issue is that there is not a study guide for these new tests. Its $10 each time you take it for the Basic and advanced until you pass and you have to register each drone you fly for $5 and lasts 2 years.

  37. Alex Gouthro on April 11, 2021 at 1:52 am

    Agree with you on Peter’s presentation. However, the biggest problem we have getting licensed in Canada is that there is no specific course of study with lesson plans that would lead you to what has to be studied for either the certifications offered. This breaks every rule of good teaching.

  38. YT DRONE on April 11, 2021 at 1:57 am

    Hi I like a lot your Video. It is make sense for me. Yes I have a basic Pilot Certificate, It was not that easy for me because my first language is not English. I’ve been in Vancouver about three years that’s means my English also three years. However I’m really like to fly my drone and upload Canada drone video on my YouTube channel. I’m hoping that more people will try to pass the online exam to get the certification. Thank you

  39. DiGiTaL TiTaN on April 11, 2021 at 1:57 am

    I’m currently flying the Mav mini, and going to pick up a mavic 2 zoom in the morning. After doing some research on the laws here in Canada I gotta say I’m a little discouraged to hear of this pilots licence thing. However with that said, I love droning to much to not take the test. Seems although the government may be trying to discourage the hobby of droning and that’s a shame.

  40. Tomas - Aerials on April 11, 2021 at 1:58 am

    hi ken $150 is pretty cheap compared to here in ireland . depending on what flight company you chose to get your licence with it cost between E900 -E1300 or so euros .and im 95% sure thats every 2 years as well $150 is a pretty low price ..

  41. GUTOM on April 11, 2021 at 1:59 am

    Hi Question for you. if you fly the drone LOW like 6- 10 ft do you still need to go through Transport Canada?

  42. Larry Schad on April 11, 2021 at 1:59 am

    Peter is a drama queen. This channel keeps it real. Thanks.

  43. Neal Jorgensen on April 11, 2021 at 2:00 am

    My opinion is the stricter rules are a byproduct of people not using common sense, or blatantly breaking rules. I recent years in Utah at least twice fire fighting activities have been shut down because someone was flying their drone over the fire, which gives lawmakers fuel to pass stricter laws. I watched both videos because I am contemplating buying a drone. Both made good points I think the shock value of the $5,000 fine was to draw people to watch, What I got out of both videos is I should get informed, learn the laws, and then use common sense. By doing that we can reduce the number of new laws that confine our liberty to fly.

  44. Chrisher G. on April 11, 2021 at 2:03 am

    Hi guys Question here I’m planning to Visit my sister next year who resides in Calgary ,How to acquire a hobbyist / temporary Permit to fly my drone?

  45. John Lawson on April 11, 2021 at 2:04 am

    Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one.

  46. Yellowhouse Aerial on April 11, 2021 at 2:04 am

    Solid vid. Good points. Found your video after I published one with my similar perspective! Peter’s doing click bait out the wazoo and generally being a complainer.

  47. Pedro Simons on April 11, 2021 at 2:04 am

    I saw that video first. It was a stupid clickbait that a pro doesn’t need to 🙄🙄🙄🙄

  48. SlowPaddle on April 11, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Watched a few vids, took the chance and passed the basic test Looks like it more like the safe boating license than a real exam. I never studied. Just a few YT vids before hand. Some of the questions for the basic license were difficult but they had nothing to do with flying a quad. That is were they get you. So long as you know the rules and understand the basics of flight, you should have no problem passing the exam.

  49. David Scott on April 11, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Great perspective, thank you. Whether a person does the basic exam or the advanced exam and flight test our Canadian Government want the safety of the operator and the people. Drones and RC air vehicles in the unaware and not prepared can cause serious situations that can be avoided with some base knowledge

  50. Mike McCallum on April 11, 2021 at 2:10 am

    If you fly RC Model Airplanes, just join MAAC , if you are a member, in good standing, follow all the MAAC safety rules, you are exempt from the new legislation. Most municipal bylaws prohibit flying any powered model aircraft in public parks and school yards anyways, but that has been the case for many, many decades. Just look for a MAAC accredited airfield to fly.

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