The Canadian government announced today that it will restrict the use of drones in the country with measures such as the prohibition of flying in the vicinity of airports and that its operators handle them under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The announcement came a few days after British authorities were forced to temporarily suspend operations at Heathrow and Gatwick airports for the sighting of drones in its vicinity.
The incident in Gatwick, the second British airport, caused its closure for a day and a half, which affected 140,000 passengers.
The new regulations announced today by the Minister of Transport of Canada, Marc Garneau, in a press conference, also prohibit drones from flying in the vicinity of emergency zones, which operate more than 122 meters high or near the zones. of air traffic.
Garneau said the new regulations, which affect drones between 250 grams and 25 kilograms, include that operators are at least 14 years old for basic operations and 16 years for the most advanced, will take effect in June this year.
Drone pilots will need a pilot certificate and proof of vehicle registration, whether for recreational, professional or academic use.