London Police are out with a warning for drone enthusiasts after one nearly hit a Medevac helicopter.
A Medevac helicopter reported to air traffic control at the London International Airport that it had come into close contact with a drone in the area above Dundas Street at Thames Street.
At the time, Police say the Medevac helicopter was flying at about 12-hundred feet above ground.
The incident has prompted London Police to issue a list of “do’s” and “don’ts” for anyone operating a drone, otherwise known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
- Fly your drone during daylight and in good weather (not in clouds or fog).
- Keep your drone in sight, where you can see it with your own eyes – not only through an on-board camera, monitor or smartphone.
- Make sure your drone is safe for flight before take-off. Ask yourself, for example, are the batteries fully charged? Is it too cold to fly?
- Know if you need to apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC).
- Respect the privacy of others – avoid flying over private property or taking photos or videos without permission.
- Fly closer than nine km from any aerodrome (i.e. airport, heliport, helipad or seaplane base, etc.)
- Fly higher than 90 metres (300 feet) above the ground
- Fly closer than 150 metres (500 feet) from people, animals, buildings, structures, or vehicles
- Fly in populated areas or near large groups of people, including sporting events, concerts, festivals, and firework shows
- Fly near moving vehicles, highways, bridges, busy streets, or anywhere you could endanger or distract drivers
- Fly within restricted and controlled airspace, including near or over military bases, prisons, and forest fires
- Fly anywhere you may interfere with first responders
LPS reminds you to use common sense, respect others privacy, and always make safety a priority.
Anyone caught putting aircraft at risk, flying where they’re not allowed to, or endangering anyone’s safety can face serious consequences, including up to $25,000 in fines as well as jail time.