DJI Phantom Drone in blue skyPurple Door Creative & Paula Kennedy are proud to be Transport Canada compliant UAV/Drone operators/aerial photographers/videographers serving Durham Region and Surrounding areas for Realtors, Builders, Developers, Landscapers and more.  If you have a need for a bird’s eye view of something, contact Purple Door Creative.

As a responsible UAV operator, we operate within the requirements of Transport Canada’s commercial guidelines for UAVs and UAS’s.

Although in the past we have utilized larger commercial style drones, such as the one pictured here, we currently use what’s called a Sub-250 drone. As a result, we are not subject to many of the restrictions that larger drones and drone operators are, however, we are still required to fly within Transport Canada Guidelines.

All drone pilots, whether commercial or recreational, are responsible to fly their drone safely, in accordance with the rules, and to ensure that their drone is not flown in a manner that is reckless or negligent, negatively affects aviation safety or the safety of Canadians. All drone pilots must respect the Canadian Aviation Regulations and are also subject to the Criminal Code and to all provincial, territorial and municipal laws governing areas such as privacy and trespassing. Using a drone in a reckless and negligent manner could cause damage or bodily harm, resulting in lawsuits, fines and jail time.

Pilots of drones weighing less than 250 g are responsible for making sure they fly in a way that doesn’t pose a danger to people or aircraft but are not required to register or have a drone pilot certificate.

and from Transport Canada – Aeronautical Information Manual – AIM 2021-1

(Pilots of sub-250 gram drones)… must adhere to CAR (Canadian Aviation Regulations) 900.06 and ensure they do not operate their RPA in such a reckless or negligent manner as to endanger or be likely to endanger aviation safety or the safety of any person. While there are no prescriptive elements of the regulation that inform the pilot how to accomplish this objective, there is an expectation that the pilot of an mRPA should use good judgment, identify potential hazards, and take all necessary steps to mitigate any risks associated with the operation. This should include having an understanding of the environment in which the RPA pilot is operating, with particular attention paid to the possibility of aircraft or people being in the same area.

That document then goes into specifics, offering this list of guidelines as a “rule of thumb” to follow:

  • (a) Maintain the mRPA in direct line of sight;
  • (b) Avoid flying your mRPA above 400 ft in the air;
  • (c) Keep a safe distance between your mRPA and other people;
  • (d) Stay far away from aerodromes, water aerodromes, and heliports;
  • (e) Avoid flying near critical infrastructure;
  • (f) Stay clear of aircraft at all times;
  • (g) Conduct a pre-flight inspection of your mRPA;
  • (h) Keep the mRPA close enough to maintain the connection with the remote controller;
  • (i) Follow the manufacturer’s operational guidelines; and
  • (j) Avoid advertised events.

Additionally, we carry special risk liability insurance and are required by such to operate our drones within the manufacturers specifications or we risk being denied coverage if there is a claim.

If we suspect there may be an issue when you book your drone shoot, such as proximity to an airport, cold temperatures or high winds, we will advise you and suggest an alternate date at which to take the aerial images and/or video.

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