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A Reminder to Drone Pilots: ‘Flying in a Canadian National Park Could Bring You Back Down to Earth with a $25,000 Fine’

Guardian Drone Flight Planning App shows Restricted Areas for Canadian National Parks
Drone flight planning app makes it easy to check you’re not flying over Parks Canada sites

Altitude Angel, the world’s leading UTM (unmanned traffic management) technology provider, is encouraging drone pilots to check if they need permission to fly if they’re planning flights near or around Parks Canada sites as failure to do so could result in a $25,000 fine.

Parks Canada acknowledge drone flying is both a widespread hobby and increasingly popular commercial enterprise.  However, all Parks Canada sites are ‘no drone zones’ for recreational drone pilots. On occasion, commercial or ‘non-recreational' drone pilots can operate within the national parks, but only once they have gained the necessary permissions from the appropriate authorities.

Altitude Angel has made it easy for pilots and operators to see if they’re allowed to fly (or not) by displaying the park no-fly zones as red restricted areas on its flight planning app and website.

Drone Safety Map shows Restricted Areas for Canadian National Parks

Phil Binks, Altitude Angel, Head of Air Traffic Management, said: “Whilst we appreciate the scenery is stunning and the wildlife abundant in national parks, we know there is a temptation to capture aerial images from drones. The use of drones in national parks is strictly prohibited, so we’ve made it easy for pilots to see if they can or cannot fly by clearly displaying no-fly zones over the restricted flight areas on all our apps and services.

“Checking whether you’re able to fly could mean the difference between having a fun day out or receiving a hefty fine.”

Flying a drone without park or site approval may result in law enforcement action and a fine of up to $25,000.

Pilots and operators wishing to check to see if they can fly can do so via Altitude Angel’s Guardian app which can be downloaded on Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store, or they can visit

Altitude Angel

Altitude Angel

Altitude Angel is an award-winning provider of UTM (Unified Traffic Management) software, enabling those planning to operate, or develop UTM/U-Space solutions, to quickly integrate robust data and services with minimum effort.

From a consistent, well-documented and standards-based platform, drone manufacturers such as DJI and cutting-edge software developers around the world use our Developer Platform to obtain rich, relevant and local geofencing data, exchange and share flight plans, de-conflict their own flights in real-time and interface with national flight authorisation systems. A growing portfolio of enhanced capabilities help our customers to comply with current and future regulations and interface with changing national systems with only minimal effort.

Altitude Angel’s first party solutions also power some of the world’s leading ANSPs, aviation authorities and Enterprises, including LVNL (Netherlands) and Avinor (Norway), empowering them with new capabilities to safely manage and integrate drone traffic into national operations.

Today, Altitude Angel’s market-defining technology is providing a critical, enabling service on which the future of UTM, especially in controlled airspace, will be built across the globe.

By unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities, ANSPs, developers and enterprise organisations, Altitude Angel is establishing new services to support the growth in the drone industry.

In 2021 Altitude Angel won a prestigious Air Traffic Management (ATM) Magazine Award in the ‘UTM Service Suppliers’ category, which recognises pioneering technologies and procedures developed by UTM service suppliers to advance safety and complex operations, for its Pop-Up UTM platform.  Read more about the awards here.

Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK.

Altitude Angel’s developer platform is open and available to all at


For further information please contact:

Stephen Farmer, Altitude Angel, Head of Corporate Communications & PR

+44 (0)118 391 3503

[email protected]