On Saturday June 11, 2016, at approximately 2:45 pm police were advised that a pilot, commanding a commercial passenger plane on a landing approach to Winnipeg, observed an Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV – drone) near the aircraft while it was in flight.
The plane was flying at an altitude of approximately 900 metres. The pilot estimated the UAV to be within 25 metres of the aircraft. The plane was able to land safely without incident.
Police searched the areas where it was believed the UAV may have originated from but were unable to locate either the drone or the operator.
Under Transport Canada regulations UAVs are restricted to the areas and altitudes they can operate in. Most of the City of Winnipeg is controlled airspace.
Commercial UAV operators must be in possession of a valid Special Flight Operations Certificate and are required to comply with all the restrictions contained in the SFOC.
According to Transport Canada when you operate a drone for any reason, you must follow these rules for where to fly.
For safety purposes, you must fly at least nine kilometres (five nm) from aerodromes (airports, heliports and seaplane bases) in order to remain clear of manned aircraft and most control zones. All aerodromes should be considered “No Drone Zones” if you do not have permission from Transport Canada.
Working with Transport Canada, the Winnipeg Police Service may take enforcement action regarding either personal or commercial UAV operations within the City of Winnipeg.
If you are unsure of the rules visit the Transport Canada website http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/drone-safety.html