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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 DroneSafetyMap.com

Altitude Angel

Altitude Angel

Altitude Angel is an aviation technology company delivering solutions which enable the safer integration and use of fully automated drones into airspace. Through its Airspace Management platform, GuardianUTM O/S, they deliver the essential software platform which enable national deployments of USpace compatible services, safely unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities and air navigation service providers to establish new services to support the growth in the drone industry.  

The foundation components of GuardianUTM O/S are also available to enable third-party UTM developers, drone manufacturers and software developers to incorporate enterprise-grade data and services into their UTM solutions.  

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 https://developers.altitudeangel.com.

 

For further information please contact:

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

+44 (0)118 391 3503

[email protected]