3. What fora should Transport Canada use to work with the drone industry and affected stakeholders?

5 months ago

  1. Through the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council
  2. Creating dedicated focus groups, working groups, and committees on drones
  3. Transport Canada officials attending national and international conferences and events
  4. Supporting local events (i.e. drone fairs, airshows)
  5. Making more frequent use of social media

Consultation has concluded

Alex 3 months ago
reach out the the hobby market and public - there is far to little representation of the public and far to much emphasis on commercial useMAAC does not represent the general hobbiest - we need better represenation.
WIlliam Breen 3 months ago
Committees can be problematic, but necessary, in my opinion. On a subject like this, all of the above are valid, but something structured brings benefits.
dbeale 4 months ago
I like all of those. Love to see you at photographic trade shows - I'm going to one next month with a drone demo zone - will look to see if the feds are their.
T. Todd Hennig 4 months ago
It is interesting you make this as a topic of discussion. Transport Canada's Twitter spokesperson has made some of the most-stupid and irresponsible Tweets over the past two years that would put him, her or them on the same level with Donald Trump. Several tweets have included erroneous, faulty and sometimes misleading information. Some comments were actually giving outdated information. Why TC would think 140 characters is sufficient to discuss anything as important as UAV issues is just astounding.
ian 4 months ago
What makes you think Transport Canada should do any of the above? What is the point? This is a new and moving industry, how do you even decide who is part of the industry and will they have changed in three months? For the vast majority of UAV operators, this is a hobby. Commercial operators only represent a tiny fraction of users, yet seem to be the only ones considered as stakeholders. Set the hobbyists free.
wmsTO 5 months ago
More hobby based drone groups, like the Toronto DJI Drones (https://www.facebook.com/groups/TorontoDJIDrones/) - they are a group of both hobbyist and commercial pilots. These pilots go out of their way to help each other, but more importantly, understand the challenges and impacts of heavier restrictions can have on the industry. Groups like MAAC don't necessarily speak on behalf of the everyman pilot, which is a huge segment that has been missed.
coastaldrone 5 months ago
Local events and social media. They could be more active in social media, rather than just broadcasting information.
ypatel9 5 months ago
Local events would be best. There should be more interaction between those unfamiliar with drones in person and responsible drone users. The safety and stability of current gen drones are pretty amazing. A lot of the fear of crashing drones would be debunked just by seeing the amount of safety features included with these units. Social media should not be biased towards demonizing drones. Education is best, showing the use and functionality of drones for recreational purposes would help build tourism interest in the natural beauty of this country, help drone manufacturers further their interest and sales, and also market safe use of drones. If there are any focus groups made, as I've mentioned before, MAAC can't be the only involved party at the table. There needs to be representation from manufacturers, hobbyists, and commercial users who are impacted by these any changes as well.
LucasM 5 months ago
TC Should make more of an effort to reach out to the hobby market.