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New restrictions on flying drones



The federal government's new restrictions on drones won't have an impact on model aircraft flying fields in the Quinte Area.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau unveiled restrictions on Thursday to curb the number of incidents in which recreational drones have come too close to planes, which has more than tripled since 2014.

Under the new restrictions, which are effective immediately, recreational drone pilots are prohibited from flying their UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle) higher than 90 metres, within 75 metres of buildings or people, or within nine kilometres of an airport. Night flights are also prohibited under the new restriction, which promises a fine of up to $3,000.

However, Brighton R-C Hawks Secretary, John Ferguson says Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) sanctioned radio control flying fields or events are exempt from the new rules.

There are three fields in the local area, near Picton, Consecon and Brighton.

The new rules are available. http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/drone-safety.html

Read More: News, Quinte

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