Category: Aviation/Aerospace

New Drone Rules Take Flight June 1, 2019

April 4, 2019

In January 2019, the Government of Canada announced changes to regulations governing how and where drones can be operated in Canada. These regulations will also introduce new requirements for drone users and will take effect on June 1, 2019. During this short video, Blakes Partners Auriol Marasco and Jason MacIntyre from our Drones team discuss the recent regulatory changes and…

Drones: A New Way Forward

January 9, 2019

Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), dominated the media for all the wrong reasons at the end of 2018. The recent drone-related closures of Gatwick and Heathrow airports have refocused the public’s attention on drone regulation. The Canadian UAV industry has been anxiously awaiting the modernization of the regulation of UAV operations within visual line-of-sight (VLOS). While draft…

Aviation Finance Update: Canada

December 19, 2018

Welcome to the second newsletter from our Aviation & Aerospace group for 2018. This newsletter provides a summary of recent developments that affect the aviation industry and is not intended to be legal advice. For additional information or to discuss how any aspect of these developments may affect you, please contact a member of the Blakes Aviation & Aerospace group.

Changes En Route: Bill C-49 Becomes Law, Canadian Airlines Get New Ownership Rules

May 29, 2018

On May 23, 2018, the Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49) came into force, making several important amendments to the Canada Transportation Act (Act). Bill C-49 aims to grow the transportation industry, modernize the transportation regulatory framework in Canada and enhance consumer protection. Bill C-49 received royal assent on May 23, 2018. It had previously been passed by the House of…

Canadian Airports: Who Has Governing Power?

November 8, 2016

With possible airport privatization on the horizon for Canadian airports, and thanks to Liberal Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s recent promise to introduce legislation loosening restrictions on foreign investment in airlines, airports have become a hot topic in the media. However, airports can often seem like mini-cities unto themselves, where competing stakeholders are pitted against each other. Along with an airport…

U.S. Clears Drones for Takeoff, Canadian Regulations Delayed Until 2017

September 15, 2016

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as “drones”, are increasing in popularity with recreational and commercial users. Several high-profile incidents, which saw UAVs come into close proximity with commercial airliners, have prompted airport authorities to create “no drone zones”, further highlighting the need for the regulation of both UAVs and their operators. IT’S A BRAVE NEW WORLD … IN THE…

Drones are Taking Off in Canada: 3 Things to Know

June 10, 2016

With drones advancing at an accelerated rate, there is some uncertainty regarding their operation in Canada. As a result, the Canadian government is taking further action towards the regulation of drones. Here are three things you need to know: 1. UAVs Must Meet Equivalent Safety Levels that Exist for Manned Aircraft Transport Canada Aviation (TCA) is responsible for aeronautical safety in Canada….