April 6, 2015, Quebec City - Quebecers like to fly drones illegally, it seems. Since January 2014, all 12 of the fines Transport Canada has handed out for illegal drone-flying have been in Quebec — and with a maximum of $25,000, the fines can get pretty steep.
March 20, 2015, Washington, D.C. - Amazon.com Inc has won U.S. federal regulators' approval to test a delivery drone outdoors, as the e-commerce giant pursues its vision of speeding packages to customers through the air, while facing public concern over safety and privacy.
March 12, 2015, Vancouver - On July 1, 2014, a small Piper PA-31 aircraft departed the Vancouver International Airport en route to Qualicum Beach. Shortly after takeoff, the plane reported a near-miss with an unmanned aerial vehicle. The Piper’s pilot climbed to avoid the UAV, and estimated that the two aircraft passed each other with less than 100 feet between them.
While the world’s attention is fixated on high-flying, multi-million dollar military drones waging war half way around the world, their more humble civilian cousins have been hard at work across Canada as the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market is booming.
Jan. 28, 2015, Washington, D.C. - A tiny drone that crashed on the White House lawn Monday struck a sensitive area — and not just in the geographic sense.
Jan. 22, 2015, Aspen, Co. - If Lindsey Jacobellis, Nate Holland or those other snowboarders feel like something's following them at the Winter X Games, they'll be right.
Jan. 22, 2015, Port Moody, B.C. - A British Columbia based next generation UAV pilot training academy is set to launch this February. Classes will be held monthly starting in B.C. with a travel schedule to be announced by end of quarter.
Dec. 22, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Alarmed by increasing encounters between small drones and manned aircraft, drone industry officials said Monday they are teaming up with the U.S. government and model aircraft hobbyists to launch a safety campaign.
Dec. 19, 2014, Boulder City, Nev. - A drone testing program in Nevada is off to a bumpy start after the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony in Boulder City.
Dec. 8, 2014, Ottawa - NG Robotic Aviation has announced that is has been awarded a $170,000 Built in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) contract to provide services with its Responder unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to a Government of Canada department.
Nov. 13, 2014, Montreal - Transport Canada’s Director General for Civil Aviation, Martin J. Eley has announced new regulations for UAV and UAS use in Canada.
Oct. 23, 2014, Toronto - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, has announced the launch of the Government of Canada's safety awareness campaign for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), or drones. The national campaign will help ensure UAV users—both recreational and commercial—understand the rules of the skies and always think safety first.
Sept. 25, 2014, Washington, D.C. - Designers of the ambitious U.S. air traffic control system of the future neglected to take drones into account, raising questions about whether it can handle the escalating demand for the unmanned aircraft and predicted congestion in the sky.
Sept. 25, 2014, Washington, D.C. - The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, said attorneys and a company official familiar with the decision.
Sept. 3, 2014, Victoria, B.C. - Unmanned air vehicles, popularly called drones, are everywhere — or soon will be. They are remote-control aircraft ranging from $17-million Reapers, used by the U.S. in military attacks, to $150 toys launched by hand in back yards. Already used for a variety of purposes, they are proliferating as technological advances make them more affordable and capable, raising concerns for safety and privacy.
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