News Releases

Drones

November 23, 2020

Saturday morning police responded to a complaint about a drone flying in the West Ferris area of the city.

Around 12 pm on Saturday November 21st an Officer responded to a complaint of a drone interfering with air traffic. It was reported to be flying in the area of the West Ferris Arena. The Officer was not able to locate the drone or the person responsible.

Drones cannot fly 5.6 kilometres (3 nautical miles) from airports without obtaining permission.

Police advise you need a drone pilot licence to fly drones that weigh 250 grams (g) (Approximately 0.5 pounds) up to and including 25 kilograms (kg) (Approximately 55 pounds). You need to be 14 years old to get a basic license, 16 years old to get an advanced license and children younger than 14 must be supervised by someone with a license.

Fines for individuals not following the rules can range up to $1000 per violation.

North Bay Police provide the link to Transport Canada’s website which is an excellent resource answering many of the questions you may have regarding safe operation of a drone.

https://tc.canada.ca/en/aviation/drone-safety/flying-your-drone-safely-legally