Drones - Fun and Functional
For nearly all of humanity’s existence, man has been fascinated with the idea of flight. Today we live in an incredible time when not only is human flight possible, but people can own their very own flying devices, which are often equipped with video capabilities. Drones are now relatively inexpensive, and can be fun and useful for kids and adults alike. The aerial camera abilities of a drone can provide unparalleled footage, which is fantastic for anything from family gatherings to nature sightseeing. For avid travellers, drones can provide a unique view of destinations and an exciting opportunity to fly them in novel places.
Bringing a Drone on Flights
Canada, known for its beautiful natural landscapes rich with lakes, wildlife, and mountains, seems a perfect location to bring along a drone. However, when traveling by air, it’s important to be aware of the travel guidelines to avoid confiscation or other hassle. The drone itself, powered off of course, is generally not a problem and can be kept in either checked or carry-on luggage. The lithium ion batteries that drones usually require, however, is where it gets tricky. These contain a flammable component and are also pressurized, unlike other batteries, which presents a risk of explosion under certain circumstances (such as if the battery overheats, gets damaged, or is used with an incompatible device). These batteries can be kept only in carry-on luggage, and there is a limit of 2 individually protected lithium batteries. These are limited to those with a rating of 100-160 Wh (watt hours). Be sure to check with the individual airline, as regulations can vary. If your airline doesn’t allow what you need, or traveling with your drone just seems like excessive hassle, SkySnap in Toronto provides a variety of drone rentals.
Once you’ve successfully brought or rented your drone of choice, be sure not to violate laws dictating legal drone use. Only operate drones where you have a clear line of vision, in daylight, and only when there is clear visibility. If on private property, be sure to secure permission from the property owner. If you are using your drone for commercial purposes, a SFOC (Special Flight Operations Certificate) permit is required. Stay at least 100 ft. away from buildings, roads, people, and structures, but don’t fly higher than 400 ft. in the air. You will want to look up local airspaces, as it’s illegal to fly drones within 9 km (5.59 miles) of an airport or heliport. Check for additional regulations in the specific area that you’re traveling to.
Go For It!
At first glance, the rules and regulations might seem like a lot to deal with, but don’t get discouraged. With a little bit of planning, flying a drone in Canada doesn’t have to be difficult. Drone videos are a great way to document your trip and create exciting memories. Whether you bring your own or rent, be sure to stay safe and have fun.About: Slava Gravets, CEO of SkySnap Slava Gravets is the founder and CEO of SkySnap, a Toronto based aerial photo and video company that is also Canada’s only specialized drone rental shop.