Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has announced a crackdown on recreational drones with new safety restrictions to keep them nine kilometers from any airport while banning owners from flying near people, buildings at night and when first responders are at the scene of an emergency.
The move is being met with approval by the president and CEO of the Regina Airport Authority.
Dick Graham says it is a move that simply makes sense because there have been too many incidents already which thankfully has not resulted in anything catastrophic.
Graham says you can never do enough to make airline travel safe no matter the size of the plane.
The new restrictions apply to anyone operating an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) weighting more than 250 grams and up to 35 kilograms. Any recreational operator who fails to comply with the new flying restrictions would face fines of up to $3,000.
The RCMP and police forces across the country will be working with Transport Canada inspectors to enforce the new measures.