The NODE is a grass-roots organization of pilots and manufacturers – the initial sponsor is DJI – dedicated to acting as a voice to ensure fair legislation. While promoting safe and legal flight, the group makes members aware of pending legislation and provides information and tools for communicating with lawmakers.
Now the campaign is underway in Canada. NODE tweeted today that over 2,100 people have already contacted Canadian lawmakers to ask for changes to the Interim Order enacted without warning this spring.
In March of this year, Canada’s Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced strict drone laws, immediately effective. The new ruling was a response to complaints about drone safety and reports of drones interfering with passenger aircraft. The restrictions severely curtail drone activity, prohibiting flight under a number of conditions including:
- higher than 90 m above the ground
- closer than 75 m (less than 250 feet) from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds
- closer than 9 km from and airport
- if you are not within 500 m of your drone
- if your name, address and telephone number are not clearly marked on your drone.
The ruling was a surprise to the drone community, who were not given time to respond.
Now, NODE says it has “learned that the federal government is considering making changes to Transport Canada’s recent Interim Order on drone use.”
“As many of us know, this hastily issued order does little to promote safety, and improperly restricts your ability to fly safely and responsibly,” says the campaign announcement.
Candian drone operators can sign up to support the campaign here, where they will be given information to contact lawmakers. The campaign emphasizes that the purpose is not to complain about the previous ruling but to encourage change based on operator input.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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