Women and Drones Interviews Kathryn McCulloch – “She’s a Lawyer for Canada’s Developing Drone Industry”

Women and Drones recently interviewed one of our lawyers, Kathryn McCulloch, about her experience as a lawyer for Canada’s drone industry.

A brief excerpt of the interview is as follows:

“Being a pilot meant I had a natural proclivity for aviation law. I had the opportunity to be involved in a number of high profile aviation accident lawsuits early in my career, which solidified by interest in the legal side of flight. In Canada, drones are regulated by the same legislation and regulations as general aviation, the Canadian Aviation Regulations.  Getting into the drone industry as a lawyer was a natural combination of my two main interests.

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Recreational drone users face more restrictive regulations and fines

Drones, especially recreational drones, are fast becoming ubiquitous. Their increase in popularity shows no signs of slowing down, and nor do the number of drone-related incidents. Canadian authorities saw a 100 percent increase in the number of drone-related incidents in 2016 from 2015, including reported “near misses” with commercial aircraft, collisions with vehicles, as well as an attempt to drop contraband into a prison yard.

On March 16, 2017, Canada’s Minister of Transportation, Marc Garneau, unveiled new prohibitions and penalties for recreational drone operators in an Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft, effective immediately. While recreational users were previously required to abide by certain guidelines and fly their drones in compliance with aviation safety, various requirements now must be observed to avoid a fine of up to $3,000.

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Drones as a tool for business

Overview of the current and expected Canadian regulatory framework

Unmanned aerial systems—commonly known as drones—are vehicles that operate without an on-board pilot to control their movements. Drones vary in size, use, shape, form, and purpose. Popular for mainstream recreational and commercial uses, the use of drones is growing exponentially and is limited only by imagination.

Beyond their use as toys, drones are poised to play a leading role as a tool for businesses and governmental institutions. Tremendous opportunity is available to use drone technology in virtually any industry: energy, infrastructure, farming, surveying, mining, oil and gas, forestry, photography, entertainment, or defence and security.

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