Transport Canada issued a Civil Aviation Safety Alert to remind all persons operating unmanned aircraft (model aircraft and unmanned air vehicles or UAVs), for any purpose, about the safety impacts and consequences of interfering with manned aircraft operations, including firefighting aircraft.

This summer, a number of incidents occurred in British Columbia where manned aircraft fighting forest fires were grounded due to interference from unmanned aircraft. The Canadian Aviation Regulations state that no unauthorized person shall operate an aircraft within 5 nautical miles (9 km) of a forest fire or within any associated restricted airspace.

The Civil Aviation Safety Alert is also a reminder of the consequences of contravening regulations pertaining to the use of unmanned aircraft.

Please distribute the Alert or this message where appropriate.

Thank you,


Transports Canada a diffusé une Alerte à la sécurité de l’Aviation civile qui vise à rappeler à toutes les personnes qui utilisent des aéronefs non habités (modèles réduits d’aéronefs et véhicules aériens non habités ou UAV), dans quelque but que ce soit, les incidences sur la sécurité et les conséquences qu’il y a à interférer avec les opérations des aéronefs habités, y compris les aéronefs de lutte contre les incendies.

Cet été, un nombre d’incidents s’est produit en Colombie-Britannique où des aéronefs habités engagés dans la lutte contre les incendies de forêt ont été cloués au sol à cause d’interférence de la part d’aéronefs non habités. Le Règlement de l’aviation canadien stipule qu’il est interdit d’utiliser un aéronef à moins de 5 milles marins (9 km) d’un incendie de forêt ou dans les limites de tout espace aérien réglementé qui y est associé.

L’Alerte constitue aussi un rappel des conséquences des infractions à la réglementation liées à l’utilisation des aéronefs non habités.

Veuillez distribuer l’Alerte ou ce message si approprié.


MAAC / Transport Canada joint release

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As many of you may know MAAC’s Transport Canada Advisory Group has been working very closely with TC to develop documentation to include and recognize MAAC’s long history of safe practices. 
This is the first of the jointly created documents. We at MAAC support Transport Canada’s direction and guidance and are working together to help protect all while enjoying our hobby. 

All members should be aware of the Transport Canada’s Guidelines which have links farther down this page.

MAAC/Transport Canada Document

Technical developments have expanded the scope of recreational model flying and resulted in new safety considerations for model aircraft operators. Recognizing this evolution, Transport Canada has issued guidance to encourage the safe use of model aircraft, drones and UAVs and protect the safety of other airspace users as well as people and property on the ground. This guidance is intended to encourage best practices in aviation safety among all model aircraft operators and to support compliance with a pilot’s legal requirements under the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).

The Transport Canada guidance should be reviewed in conjunction with the specific MAAC guidelines and rules established for particular flight disciplines and available on the MAAC website. Where MAAC sanctioned fields are in use, or at MAAC sanctioned events, current flying procedures have a proven safety record, are CARs compliant and should continue to be followed. All MAAC members are encouraged to regularly review our safety practices and always apply common sense when operating an aircraft and to consult their club safety officer or zone director with any questions or concerns.