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?
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 20:58 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".