With retail drone sales expected to soar during the holiday season, Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) says it is teaming up with aviation partners to launch a drone safety campaign aimed at highlighting the risks associated with flying unmanned aircraft near airports.
According to YVR, which is owned by Transport Canada and manages Richmond, British Columbia-based Vancouver International Airport, investigations of incidents involving improper drone use are on the rise in the province. Since the beginning of 2015, nearly half of all incidents investigated by Transport Canada have been in British Columbia, says YVR.
YVR’s public-education campaign is designed to remind the community of the potential catastrophic consequences of flying drones in restricted airspace. Components of the campaign include “No Drone Zone” signage at key locations across YVR, advertising, and community outreach at public events.
“The safe operation of remotely piloted aircraft systems, more commonly known as drones, is a community responsibility,” says Corporal Dennis Hwang of the Richmond Royal Canadian Mounted Police. “We have the luxury of having a world-class international airport in our community. Let’s keep our community safe.”
Steve Hankinson, vice president of operations for YVR, adds, “We recognize the amazing potential for drones to improve a variety of processes, but we’re asking the public to prioritize safety and never fly one near an airport.”
More on Transport Canada’s requirements for drone use can be found here.