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Available Expert - Transport Canada proposed drone regulations

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Queen's University drone expert Ciara Bracken-Roche is available to comment on reported draft drone regulations proposed by Transport Canada. CBC, via an access to information request, has learned that the proposed regulations - which would apply to any aerial drone over 250 grams in mass - would require drones to be registered, and require users to take licensing exam and pay for insurance.

"Transport Canada's primary mandate is safety, and so their move to regulate even recreational drones is to uphold this mandate," says Ms. Bracken-Roche. "Industry are also concerned about the safety of recreational drone flyers - worrying that a disaster  with a recreational drone could slow down their growth prospects. Whereas model aircraft communities have their own rules and guidelines to address any safety or privacy concerns, the community with its own internal standards has not emerged around drones."

Ciara Bracken-Roche is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and a researcher with the Surveillance Studies Centre. Her dissertation research analyzes the contribution of unmanned aerial systems to the rapid expansion of security, policing and commercial surveillance. 

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