Safely Flying Your Drone

Learning how to fly is just the first part.  

You've made an investment in your drone.  You don't want to crash it.  As such, you learn it's capabilities and how it handles.  But just flying it can lead to problems that YOU are unaware of.  

Do I Need Permission to fly my drone?

On September 8th, 2017 a drone flew close to the Canadian Forces Snowbirds during one of their practice flights in a restricted airspace.  No other aircraft (or drones) were allowed to be flying at this time within 7km of their practice.  Likely the drone operator didn't know the airspace was restricted.  A drone strike could have damaged the aircraft or worse, caused a crash.  The NOTAM read as follows:

170277 CYGK KINGSTON
CYGK PURSUANT TO SECTION 5.1 OF THE AERONAUTICS ACT, EXC FOR CANADIAN FORCES AIRSHOW PARTICIPANTS AND MEDEVAC/RESCUE ACFT, AIRSPACE IS RESTRICTED WITHIN RADIUS 7 NM CENTRE 441313N 762747W
(APRX 5 NM E AD) EXC CYR507 AND US AIRSPACE, SFC TO 15000 FT MSL. NO PERSON SHALL OPR AN ACFT WITHIN THE AREA DESCRIBED UNLESS AUTH BY AIRSHOW CTL xxx-xxx-xxxx OR KINGSTON RDO 122.5 1730-1930 DLY 1709081730 TIL 1709101930

SEARCH FOR NOTAMS (Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) before flying!
https://flightplanning.navcanada.ca

Don't know what a NOTAM is or how to read one??
http://thinkaviation.net/notams-decoded/

You can also look at the following for Charts

https://skyvector.com/

https://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/collaborative/civuas/uav_site_selection_tool.html