Transport Canada Is Seriously Considering An Attempt At Making Victoria Harbour a No Drone Zone.
Victoria Harbour in British Columbia, Canada is considering the best way to remind harbour visitors that because of the seaplane base, it is in fact a no drone zone.
According the CBC News, there have been unconfirmed reports of drone activity in Victoria Harbour called in to both the Harbour Master’s office and to Nav Canada, the federal agency. Aaron McCrorie, the director general for the aviation regulatory framework at Transport Canada pointed out how much of an issue drones can be for seaplane pilots saying “It’s just an additional concern from a pilot point-of-view in terms of one more obstacle that they potentially need to keep an eye out for.”
It looks like the first step will be the placement of signs around the harbour informing the public that Victoria Harbour is, in fact, a no drone zone. The fact that there is both a seaplane and helicopter base is reason enough for it to be drone free, but many in the general public, especially tourists just don’t get it.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”Because these are people who have never flown before and are not familiar with aviation safety requirements, they don’t know what it means to operate safely, so we put a lot of time and effort into raising awareness, into educating people.” – Aaron McCrorie, Director General, Aviation Safety Regulatory Framework, Transport Canada[/pullquote]
While the no drone zone, may not be what tourists are looking for, it will definitely ensure that Victoria Harbour remains a safe operating area for both seaplanes and helicopters in the area for years to come.