Rules for drone operators are ridiculous
I, too, have my basic drone licence and I was also an instrument-rated pilot. I found the questions on the exam by Transport Canada to be way too much difficult for the level of knowledge needed by basic drone operators. Also, the rules are way too severe to achieve their stated aim of safety while still keeping a certain semblance of being able to fly for operators.
For example, all traffic control zones around the airport in real aviation are shaped like an inverted cake so that the farther out you are, the higher a pilot outside the zone can fly and not be a danger to planes in the zone. I see the need for a zone of safety around airports for drones too, but it should be an inverted cake like a real zone. As stated in the article that radius is now 5.6 km and all the way to the ground, so that I cannot legally start my drone in that zone and fly at 6 inches above the ground. As alluded to in the article, drone owners at the moment are not abiding by most laws because the laws are ridiculous.
I disagree with Nancy O’Brien (though I do not disagree with the allegations about Coun. Rick Chiarelli). In previous articles, we were told that Chiarelli’s behaviour was talked about amongst some councillors. So why didn’t someone take him aside for a chat and urge him to change that behaviour? He’s been re-elected several times and not until recently did this become public knowledge.
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