October 12, 2017 4:11 pm

Nova Scotia RCMP investigate drone sighting near Halifax airport

A Freefly Alta 6 drone is seen in this file image.

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Nova Scotia RCMP are investigating after a pilot reported that while taking off he observed a drone near Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Wednesday evening.

According to police, officers observed the drone flying in the area of the airport. Although extensive patrols were carried out, the drone and the operator were not located.

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The RCMP would like to speak with the operator of the drone and are reminding citizens that to fly a drone near an airport is especially dangerous.

“Not only are you potentially jeopardizing the safety of all passengers and crew on flights, you are breaking the law,” said S/Sgt. Anthony Pompeo, watch commander for Halifax District RCMP in a press release.

According to Transport Canada’s rules for recreational drone use, drones may:

  • fly below 90 m above the ground
  • at least 30 m away from vehicles, vessels, and the public (if your drone weighs more than 250 g up to 1 kg)
  • at least 75 m away from vehicles, vessels, and the public (if your drone weighs more than 1 kg up to 35 kg)
  • at least 5.5 km away from aerodromes (any airport, seaplane base, or areas where aircraft take-off and land)
  • at least 1.8 km away from heliports or aerodromes used by helicopters only
  • outside of controlled or restricted airspace
  • at least 9 km away from a natural hazard or disaster area
  • away from areas where operation could interfere with police or first responders
  • during the day and not in clouds
  • within your sight at all times
  • within 500 m of yourself or closer
  • only if clearly marked with your name, address, and telephone number

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If you violate those rules, the Mounties say that it could result in fines or jail time.

The RCMP continues to investigate and are asking anyone with information to contact them at 902-490-5020.

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