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Are you flying your drone legally?

Some in Squamish seem unaware their drone images may be proof they defy Transport Canada rules

Squamish has plenty of beautiful landscapes, obviously.

And many who live in town are tech-savvy shutterbugs. Combining these characteristics has meant many a local has shot outstanding drone photos or videos and then posted them online—or sent them to their community newspaper.

Most of the flying restrictions are meant to protect privacy, the safety of people and things, or to protect the airspace of planes and helicopters.


The current Transport Canada rules for drones weighing more than 250 g and up to 35 kg require the Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) be flown:

• within 90 m of the ground or lower

• at least 30 m away from vehicles, vessels, and the public (for drones weighing between 250 g and 1 kg)

• at least 76 m away from vehicles, vessels, and the public (for drones weighing between 1 kg and 35 kg)

• at least 5.6 km from aerodromes (any airport, seaplane base, or areas where aircraft takeoff and land)

• at least 1.9 km away from heliports or aerodromes used exclusively by helicopters

• outside of controlled or restricted airspace

• at least 9 km away from a natural hazard or disaster area

• during the day and not in clouds

• within your sight at all times

• within 500 m of yourself or closer

• only if clearly marked with your name, address and telephone number

The rules are changing as of June 1. After that date, registration will be required to fly a drone. Go to here for both the current and new rules.