Drones could require insurance under Ottawa proposals

Published: July 17, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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Transport Canada has published a report referencing its proposal for additional drone regulations. An impact analysis regarding potential changes to aviation laws was launched by the federal government. Among the new proposals is a liability insurance that will be mandatory for drone operators.

Other ideas include a ban on drones operating in cloud cover, an additional observer who works with a drone operator. The liability insurance would cover up to at least $100,000, Ottawa says.

It seems as though the government is targeting commercial UAV users and not those who use a drone recreationally. The regulations would be for drones over 25 kilograms, all vehicles from 250 grams to 25 kilos are exempt.

Other new requirements include age restrictions for operators, potential written tests, and operational timeframes. Insurance is not expected to be expensive, with the analysis saying around $15 per year.

Trevor Bergmann, founder and CEO of AeroVision Canada, told the Chronicle Herald that the rules are unlikely to hurt his business, but he says there is one major oversight in the proposals.

“… what’s being proposed for all doesn’t appear to differentiate between people who fly for fun versus those who use them every day,” he pointed out.