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Raitt launches national campaign on UAV safety

October 23, 2014  By Carey Fredericks

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.

The first phase of the campaign, unveiled today, provides the public
with new safety guidelines and an easy‑to‑follow infographic that
clarifies when to apply for Transport Canada permission to fly their
UAV. This winter, the second phase of the campaign will include search
engine and social media advertising, awareness videos and a simpler
process to apply for permission to fly. Transport Canada has also launched tc.gc.ca/SafetyFirst, which provides Canadians with the information and advice they need to fly their UAV safely and legally.

The safety guidelines introduced today complement the existing
requirements and will help ensure Canadians understand the risks and
responsibilities of operating an unmanned aircraft. In addition to
respecting the Canadian Aviation Regulations, UAV operators must follow the rules in all acts and regulations, including the Criminal Code as well as all municipal, provincial, and territorial laws regarding trespassing and privacy.



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