At 11:00 AM EST today in Ottawa the Hon. Minister Lisa Raitt convened a UAV Roundtable with a broad sample of industry stakeholders in attendance. A key element of the discussion was Transport Canada’s announcement of the Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) to the Civil Aviation Regulations concerning the operation of Unmanned Aircraft under 25 kg within Visual Line of Sight.
The Minister’s opening remarks stressed the extensive urgency she places on this file, that safety is her utmost concern and that she understands the economic reality and potential of this sector.
USC Chairman Stewart Baillie remarked: “This development continues Transport Canada’s plan to accelerate the industry through regulation that maintains safety while reducing regulatory burden, and we continue to strongly support these efforts”. The roundtable garnered comments from all stakeholders with key points of discussion being: – Canada must continue to work hard to maintain its global leadership in this sector – Operations Beyond Visual Line of Sight must remain a high priority while regulation for Visual Line of Sight operations is being established – Educating and informing the recreational/hobbyist users that are not traditional modelers affiliated with MAAC is a key issue that all stakeholders must work together to resolve