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DroneTec.Solutions Starts Collecting Emails for Early Access to Its Hourly Drone Insurance.

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With incoming changes from Transport Canada coming in 2017 that will make insurance on most (if not all) drones mandatory, Toronto Startup DronTec Solutions has started collecting interest and emails from the public for early access to its hourly drone insurance.

Unlike annual plans, users can turn insurance on/off as needed and only pay for what they use.  The goal is to make drone insurance a lot more affordable for recreational users, while adding flexibility to commercial users.

Launch of the hourly insurance product is slated for early 2017.

Air Safety Report Reveals Plane ‘Narrowly Avoided’ Drone Just North of London, Air Safety Report Shows

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A drone “narrowly avoided” colliding with an AirBus at 6,000 feet, an air safety report revealed.

The pilot of the A320 aircraft saw the white quadcopter drone “flash past”, reporting to air traffic control that “something had just gone over the top of him”.

Another aircraft had just crossed above but the pilot said the object was red and white in colour, had red and blue stripes on two of the rotor arms and was under a metre in size.

However, the report by a UK Airprox Board found no avoiding action was possible due to the lack of available time.

The incident happened just north of Potters Bar, Herts., on August 15 last year.

It’s finally happened! Drone smashes into Boeing passenger plane during landing.

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A drone crashed into a Boeing plane, causing substantial damage to the aircraft as it went to land at an airport in Mozambique.

The Boeing 737-700 belonging to airline Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (LAM) was struck as it approached Tete airport, according to the Aviation Herald.

The crew heard a loud bang but continued their approach, suspecting a bird had struck the plane. However, later examination revealed the damage was more substantial than initially thought and caused by an apparent drone collision.

Transport Canada Unveils New Tool to Report Illegal Drone Use

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Tis the season to be finding a nifty new drone under your Christmas tree, and just in time, the federal government has announced a new set of initiatives on drone usage. Transport Canada’s plans include a No Drone Zone public awareness campaign about restrictions on where to fly your gadget as well as an online tool for citizens to report unsafe drone usage.

The new moves aim at supporting the commercial use of drones while at the same time “keeping Canadians safe from reckless drone use.” “In the past few years, the use of drones in Canada has increased tremendously and it’s a good time to be working with this industry,” says Transport Minister, Marc Garneau, in a statement. “Transport Canada is taking a number of steps to improve safety and innovation in this sector, including engaging retailers so new drone users are aware of the rules from the start; introducing an efficient tool for Canadians to report safety issues; and helping drone users test new technology.”

Flying a drone (otherwise known as an unmanned air vehicle or UAV) currently falls under the regulations for Model Aircraft and UAVs, which requires that operators should not fly their drones higher than 90 metres above the ground, closer than nine kilometres from airports or closer than 150 metres from people, animals, buildings or vehicles, nor near highways, bridges or busy streets. Transport Canada also plans to update in the coming months regulations on flight rules, permits and minimum age limits for drone flying, something that the ministry says will help develop the rapidly growing field while avoiding potentially dangerous mishaps. “We need to regulate to make sure that we don’t have a disaster,” said Aaron McCrorie, Transport Canada’s director general of civil aviation, in an interview with CBC News. “The recreational users are going to have to meet more stringent safety requirements now.”

Currently, while any use of a drone for commercial purposes must be certified, the recreational use of drones weighing less than 35 kg (77 lbs) does not require permission from Transport Canada.

The report-a-drone website for unsafe drone use is meant to give citizens a one-stop portal for responding to safety concerns about drone usage but citizens can also call their local police if they suspect the illegal use of a drone. Recently, an Edmonton man was charged for operating a drone downtown near Rogers Place (which is close to a helipad), reportedly the first time the EPS have laid such a charge.

During the last few years, drones have been increasingly in use for video and photography services, taking aerial pics for mappers and realtors, for example, but the field is about to literally take off as businesses begin to develop the drone’s delivery capabilities. In agriculture, drones have potential to deliver fertilizers, pesticides and water to crops, and in package delivery, drones are already being put to work by global retailer, Amazon. The company just completed its first test delivery by its Prime Air super-fast drone service in Cambridge, U.K., where a customer received a package containing an Amazon Fire TV box along with a packet of popcorn a mere 13 minutes after placing his order.

Transport Canada to Introduce More Drone Regulations

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If you find a drone under your Christmas tree this year, you’ll have a new set of regulations to go along with it in 2017.

Transport Canada says the changes will address the growing popularity of drones and the increasing number of drone-related incidents.

“Transport Canada is exploring changes to the regulations that will address the growing popularity and economic importance of drones and integrate them safely into Canadian airspace,” a rep told CityNews in a statement.

The changes include new flight rules, registration requirements, knowledge testing, minimum age limits, and permits.

There are already some regulations in place that stipulate where drones should and shouldn’t be used, but the government says more is needed to address the growing number of drone users.

Currently, commercial drones and those weighing more than 35 kg must be certified for use, which stipulates how and where the objects are allowed to be used. The Transport Canada chart below shows how many Special flight Operations Certificates were issued since 2010. In Ontario that number has gone from 20 to 1,038 this year.