Canada’s new drone safety regulations came into effect June 1, 2019. The new drone regulations apply to all drone pilots flying drones between 250 g and 25 kg operated within visual line-of-sight.
The new regulations introduce two main categories of drone operation: basic and advanced. The distance from bystanders and airspace rules define the category. Both categories have their own set of easy-to-follow rules that will require the drone pilot to register and mark their drone with its registration number and to pass an online exam and get a drone pilot certificate.
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At RPM we only use the best equipment and technologies that have proven reliability. However, we are not that naive to believe that even the best of technology is without risk. For that reason, we fly every mission with a keen awareness that a system failure can occur at any time and without warning.
All aircraft (both manned and remotely piloted) are susceptible to failures, and regardless of training, some system failures are just unmanageable. However, where possible it is important for pilots to possess the skills required to have the best possible chance of landing the aircraft successfully and without undesired consequences. Therefore, no matter if you are a professional operator or a recreational pilot, you should continually “Hone Your Skills”.
There are a number of systems available that you can practice on, but we highly recommend that all operators be proficient in piloting unmanned aircraft in manual flight mode (no GPS or Altitude hold); and ideally with a system that allows the operator to even further hone their skills by advancing from Auto-Level mode to Intermediate mode and ultimately, Advanced mode.
A Pilot who is capable of operating a UAV without the aid of GPS or Altitude hold features, and who can easily understand a UAVs heading and manually steer it home is much better equipped to handle a system failure: that WILL happen at some point!
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