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4. How should the Government support innovation in this important new sector?

about 2 months ago

  1. Supporting pilot projects
  2. Establishing test sites for the industry to perform research and development
  3. Creating new funding opportunities (i.e export development, start-up capital, entrepreneurial funds)

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RP22 7 days ago
When I was an engineering student there were a number of student competitions for this hobby. I personally started a UAV Team at my school to compete at one of these hosted by Unmanned Aerial Systems. The experience was amazing and I learned way more than I could have hoped to. This helped deepen my love for engineering and of course my UAV experience had a direct influence on my job prospects. When I was student the rules were much more relaxed and allowed for beginners to easily join the hobby. It started off as some students having fun and resulted into passionate professionals that continue this hobby today. Unfortunately when I reconnected with my school and other peers that I joined the hobby with, I received a similar response that they quit this hobby since the rules were becoming too strict for recreational use. I think by placing unrealistic rules such as $100,000 liability insurance deters people from joining this hobby and in turn halts innovation before it can begin.A lot of people join these types of hobbies because they're fun and exciting, then from that group of people select few will carry this on to their professional career and be the drivers for innovation. Seeing as how I could not be the engineer I am today without this hobby, I feel sad to know that overzealous rules are preventing other young engineers from doing the same.
dbeale 20 days ago
Keep it Simple ... Drone Friendly Parks or sections in parks would be nice. Don't make it too hard to find a place to go and play with your drone.
yyzDroneEnthusiast 21 days ago
There shouldn't be so many regulations on commercial UAV operations. The current process for obtaining permission to conduct a non-recreational op is a pain.
T. Todd Hennig 27 days ago
This question is offensive. Currently, the only organization Transport Canada wants to support is Unmanned Systems Canada and its commercial members. Unmanned Systems Canada has been seen arm in arm with TC at some events including the 2016 media event at the Toronto airport. USC is encouraging TC to make harsher rules and restrictions not to protect the Canadian public, but rather to ensure the continued monopoly of the UAV commercial industry in Canada. USC wants to prevent smaller persons and companies from entering into the UAV industry by using newer more-advanced technology. Government should NOT invest in Canadian companies. Governments should encourage the creation of an economic environment which allows businesses the ability to fund themselves and earn a fair profit and pay taxes. That is how governments should work. Bombardier and Blackberry did not help the Canadian economy, but it sure helped the Quebec politicians and company execs.
zerep2 about 2 months ago
It would be great if the Government could ease up on the current rules prohibiting the use of drones in National Parks. National Parks are one of Canada's greatest treasures - if not the greatest. Keeping these National Parks safe is definitely important however I don't believe prohibiting drone use entirely is the answer. National Parks occupy large land masses and further restrict the useable airspace available for recreational drone users in Canada. Allowing drone use in National Parks would allow for the following: 1 - Sharing aerial footage with friends and family to promote all National Parks2 - Reaching a broader, younger demographic when this aerial footage is shared on social media (e.g. YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) - a marketing strategy currently under used by Parks Canada. 3 - A unique point of view to inspire a new generation to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.Just as your drone rules have been adapting over the past few months, please consider revising this blanket rule against flying in National Parks.
WV 30 days ago
An excellent point. Looking at the current regs., government doesn't want us to fly in built-up areas, nor in unbuilt-up public areas (like National and Provincial parks). So where are we supposed to fly, only in private semi-built-up areas?!? When I review websites showing award winning amateur drone photography from around the world, it is obvious that 90% of them would be illegal to have been shot over Canadian soil, under the current regulations. Government please take note--these examples of excellent amateur aerial photography are what Canadian drone and RC enthusiasts are wanting from this hobby/technology/industry. You need to recognize this and respond with realistic laws--and no laws, where none are required.
Okanaganacro about 2 months ago
The very least the government could do is provide hobbyists with recreational drone areas in every major city. If we are not allowed to fly in most places then there should at least be areas designated for UAS pilots to fly their equipment. And not through a MAAC organization.
WV about 1 month ago
Fully agree! Another alternative to this is to create a "Backyard and Parks Exemption" for smaller drones, 3 kg and under that would allow unrestricted flight below tree-top level (<30 m) and within 50 m range of the pilot. This would allow hobbyists to perform limited flying in these areas regardless.With current and proposed regulations, I can physically throw my unpowered 1.6 kg drone 50 m across my own backyard without consequence; but I would be fined $5000 if I dared hover it one metre off the ground, one metre away from me! How does that make sense?
Brent Kirby about 1 month ago
Government bureaucracy is currently smothering the potential for innovation and advancement in this important industry. A separate class of airspace and drone zones- for package delivery etc - should be developed in canadian cities to stimulate innovation. Similarly drone manufacturers could build safety measures to prevent lost links and fly away concerns
ian about 1 month ago
By their sheer numbers, hobbyists are what drives innovation in this industry. The more hobbyists are restricted from practicing their hobby, the less innovation and industry is pushed forward. Do not be mistaken, there will never be enough commercial operators to make this industry strive. Stop trying to regulate as if everybody was commercial, you are killing our hobby.
brett.tripp about 2 months ago
Allow for commercial UAV operations to progress, without applying so many strict regulations and bureaucratic restrictions. The amount of paperwork the companies must go through in order to have the ability to conduct drone surveys is unfeasible - especially for small businesses. Once permission is granted for companies to conduct UAV operations, the regulations and restrictions applied to these operations often make it unfeasible to continue, especially in the forestry and natural resource sector. Investing in funding opportunities for manufacturers to create inexpensive, compliant drones would be helpful in alleviating some of the pressures faced by small businesses. Either that, or allow for more flexibility regarding what these operations are able to do (i.e. allowing for a higher maximum flight altitude).
coastaldrone about 2 months ago
Establish drone areas in every city, and provide funding for manufacturers to make inexpensive compliant aircraft.
mollys_d about 2 months ago
Dansab100 about 2 months ago
Government does not need to get involved in this as plenty of opportunities exist already.