In Canada, only commercial users and those flying drones over 35 kg are required to get a special permit from the transportation department.
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A recent collision between a drone and a passenger plane at a British airport has pilots concerned there will be more such incidents with eventual disastrous results.
Canada is one of the only countries where anyone can buy a drone and fly it. Commercial users must apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate before using them, and everyone who operates a drone of over 35 kg is required to have one. But others are not.
It is forbidden to fly them closer than nine kilometres from an airport and there are other suggested do’s and don’t’s. But they are not enough to reassure veteran pilots like Jock Williams, a former flight safety official.
“The problem is that the people who are flying these things, in some cases, are ignorant of the rules or, in other cases, are willfully disobeying them,” he says.