Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs), more commonly known as drones, are estimated to become a $100-$260 million industry in Canada by 2020. There has been a continued increase in the number of individuals and companies that are interested in getting into commercial drone operations, but many do not know where to start.
As part of its commitment to emerging technology, Field Law has developed a highly qualified group of lawyers with knowledge and experience in drone law related to both commercial and recreational use. Our team was involved in the first case ever to address the federal drone regulation and can assist you with advancing your business and personal interests to navigate the legal landscape for drone use including contractual, insurance, privacy, and intellectual property issues.
To date, there has been concern with privacy issues and potential liability resulting from the use of drones. The goal of the new drone regulations, published by Transport Canada on January 9, 2019, is to enhance predictability for businesses, improve the security of aviation and ensure our airspace is safe for everyone.
The new regulations, which come into effect on June 1, 2019, distinguish between basic and advanced operations and require drones of a certain size to be registered with Transport Canada and drone pilots to get a drone pilot certificate. The regulations also prohibit reckless or negligent operation of a drone and those who break the rules can face fines up to $25,000 or jail time. The rules apply to drones that weigh between 250 grams and 25 kilograms.