Flying a Drone in BC
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With new drone regulations in force, there’s one question we get more that any other –
WHERE CAN I FLY MY DRONE?
The good news is that the 2019 Canadian drone laws are actually a lot more permissible than they have been previously! Once you receive either a basic or advanced category certification, drone flying becomes pretty straightforward. And there’s a great tool to help you see where you can fly drones in Canada. While British Columbia doesn’t have their own drone or UAV specific laws, there may be additional restrictions in provincial or municipal parks, so be sure to check in on those before you fly.
The screen shot above is taken from the Drone Site Selection Tool – your new best friend for flying drones. The side menu has lots of additional information and tools you can activate. My favourites are the zoom tool, distance measuring tool and the operational design tools. You can even save your favourites to be the default when you load the page!
Click around to get information about specific areas and keep checking back for more updates including airspace coordination procedures which are coming soon! If another app is disagreeing with the information you see on the Site Selection Tool, I’d be more likely to trust the SST. It uses official NavCanada data which many app developers don’t pay to have access to.
Have questions about the SST? Or drone flying regulations in general? Send us a note! [email protected]