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Old 10-26-2014, 01:52 AM   #1
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A good link to Transport Canada UAV Regulations.

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Old 10-26-2014, 05:48 PM   #2
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Re: A Good Link

... probably the most poorly though-out list of recommendations put out by any aviation regulatory body. Some of the statements just baffling and incorrect.

so, no, not a good link.

But also, it is not a list of rules nor regulations either. Just recommendations, or suggestions. They need to go back to the drawing board and get some input from MAAC leadership on how to word this.

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Old 10-28-2014, 01:23 PM   #3
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Re: A Good Link

What exactly do you think is baffling or incorrect?
Disclaimer: Having said that, this is just my personal opinion, I might be wrong, please don't quote me, have a nice day.
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Re: A Good Link

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What exactly do you think is baffling or incorrect?
depends how you interpret it. IN most cases, the advice will work OK unless you think it is list of rules.

But a few things are downright incorrect.

There is no 90m altitude limit regulation for RC flyers or UAV operators. Ask anyone serious about flying gliders - hardly ever ard the gliders below that height (300ft). Of course it makes sense to stay below 500ft at most location due to the CAR that says fullsize aircraft are required to stay 500ft from any person/vehicle on the ground - so if you stay under 400ft then you should be guaranteed separation, mostly (and must keep a watch for errant aircraft of course). This is why the AMA in the USA usually refer to a 400ft limit, which is a good baseline for all locations .. however in Canada's huge empty wilderness, even that limit seems a bit silly in some locations.

This idea about not taking images or video from a model is just weird. First of all it is the right of all citizens to take video in public, whether standing on the ground, or flying in a plane or helicopter. There is zero need to 'ask for permission' to take videos or images. Instead there are existing laws about privacy that are pretty much never violated by anyone flying a model or in a real airplane. What they should have said is don't fly you model low over your neighbour's backyard or fly up to their windows at night making videos - that is covered by privacy protections and peeping tom laws. Nobody does that exept for a tiny handful of weirdo creeps. The rest of us just enjoy flying for the sake of flying, and sometimes want video of the flight.

Also there is different wording in French vs English on having camera onboard.

They randomly say not to wear goggles to fly. But Transport Canada has already negotiated with MAAC to allow Goggles-FPV flying with a spotter. The recommendations don't explain this at all. And yet they imply you can just fly without goggles .. for example with an FPV LCD TV monitor.

Not flying within 5km of an 'aerodrome' is also bunk. Instead they need to clarify. Many RC flyers legally fly within 5km of aerodromes. Many MAAC clubs are within 5km of aerodrome, and heck some of them legally ON existing aerodromes. The word 'aerodrome' is problematic itself - because it legally refers to all grass strips and bodies of water that could be used for flying, even it someone flies there once every 5 years! Anyone with a farm and a plane has an 'aerodrome.'

Instead they should have said anyone flying within 6km of an airport (a very different legal word) should not fly without discussing with the airport operator and ATC ahead of time. Airports are federally registered aerodromes, including many small uncontrolled airports. But especially major airports should be respected by all RC pilots, and not fly near them. The typically control zone is 6km radius around major airports and aircraft without licensed pilot + VHF radio + transponder cannot enter that zone.

So if you perceive the document as the law of the land (it is not) then it is a confusing misleading mess. If you see it as a set of approximate recommendations to help guide you in your choices of where to fly and how to fly, maybe it is OK.
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