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 28 Mar 2017 15:36 UTCTue 28 Mar 2017 - 3:36 pm UTC 

On March 16th, the Canadian Government announced new laws in regards to flying drones in Canada for recreational operations.

The government website, https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/opssvs/flying-drone-safely-legally.html mentions the legal requirements which takes you to



https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/interim-order-respecting-use-model-aircraft.html under Application - Recreational Purposes point 2

The only applicable drones I see are mechanically operated or launched drones.

My question: does this new legislation apply to battery operated electric drones?

Thank you


David Sarokin 


 28 Mar 2017 17:39 UTCTue 28 Mar 2017 - 5:39 pm UTC 

Leave it to regulators to draft new rules about drones without ever mentioning the word 'drones'.

I find the language quite ambiguous. I'm not sure there's a clear-cut answer to your very good question.





 28 Mar 2017 20:35 UTCTue 28 Mar 2017 - 8:35 pm UTC 

These people all think the regulation applies to drones (a lot of duplication, but all mentioning drones):


In this article, someone close to the subject and definitely talking about drones gives the example battery failure: 

By my reading, the new regulation defines "model aircraft" broadly to avoid nitpicking:

"model aircraft means an aircraft, the total weight of which does not exceed 35 kg (77.2 pounds), that is mechanically driven or launched into flight for recreational purposes and that is not designed to carry persons or other living creatures. (modèle réduit d’aéronef)" 

Recreational drones fall under  - fly in -  that definition, and, I suppose, virtually any kind of kite or windsurfing sail.     
I hope that helps,   Myoarin


Roger Browne 


 28 Mar 2017 20:58 UTCTue 28 Mar 2017 - 8:58 pm UTC 

To my mind, the distinction being made is between "mechanically driven" and "rocket propelled" (and no doubt there are different regulations for rocket-propelled craft).

A battery-operated electric drone is electro-mechanical, and would therefore count as "mechanically driven".


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