Most of Abbotsford in drone no-fly zone

City reminds public of restrictions on devices within nine-kilometres of airports.

A nine-kilometre no-fly zone around Abbotsford International Airport covers most of the city's built-up area.

A nine-kilometre no-fly zone around Abbotsford International Airport covers most of the city's built-up area.

The Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) and the City of Abbotsford is reminding drone users to be aware of no-fly zones and rules that limit where the devices can be flown.

In addition to a suite of other rules governing drones, a no-fly zone restricts their use within nine kilometres of any airport, including YXX. Stretching east all the way to Sumas Mountain, the no-fly zone includes the vast majority of the city’s urban area.

Transport Canada regulates drones, formally called “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAVs). Before flying such a device, users must understand the rules that apply, the city said in a press release issued Wednesday.

There are also weight restrictions on UAVs, and a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) is required for all commercial use operations but is not required for recreational use of drones weighing less than 35 kg.

For more information on flying drones safely and legally, visit the Transport Canada website at tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/standards-4179.html