Drone Hits Charter Flight In Canada

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In the first documented incident of its kind in Canada, a Skyjet Aviation flight hit a drone while on approach to Jean Lesage Airport in Quebec City on Thursday. The aircraft suffered minor damage and no one was injured. Skyjet flies King Airs and Beech 1900s for charter and medevac. Canada’s Transport Minister Marc Garneau was quick to condemn the incident, which appears to have violated a host of regulations aimed at preventing mishaps like this. He noted that drone violations are a major concern for the government and that to date there have been 1,596 drone incidents reported to Transport Canada.

“It was our concern for incidents like this that prompted me to take action and issue [measures] restricting where recreational drones could be flown,” Garneau said in a statement issued Sunday. “I would like to remind drone operators that endangering the safety of an aircraft is extremely dangerous and a serious offense. Anyone who violates the regulations could be subject to fines of up to $25,000 and/or prison.” He noted that all airports, helipads and seaplane bases are off-limits to drones.

Comments (6)

This is close on the heels of the reported drone strike with a US Blackhawk flying security patrols at the UN. No surprises with either. Those who argue that regulations were violated... and that the mere existence of laws and rules against dorone activity in certain airspace will somehow prevent these mishaps are surely smoking something with strong hallucinogenic effects. Now lets think about what a deliberate 'violation' of these drone-prohibited airspaces might mean... that's right. We don't really want to go there... :(

Posted by: John Townsley | October 16, 2017 10:26 AM    Report this comment

The authorities choose to ignore this giant threat to the flying public and bury their heads in the sand. The same authorities who impose strict certification requirements on pilots and aircraft satisfy themselves that unenforceable rules are going to deter dangerous activity by uninformed people who are not even required to demonstrate that they know about these rules let alone intend to follow them. Heaven help us.

Posted by: Marc Rodstein | October 16, 2017 9:27 PM    Report this comment

John, Marc - what do you want the authorities to do, exactly?

They make rules and try to enforce them. They're not god.

Posted by: Thomas Boyle | October 17, 2017 7:46 AM    Report this comment

Yep, here it is again.

"a Skyjet Aviation flight hit a drone while on approach to Jean Lesage Airport in Quebec City on Thursday"

Notice that it was the Skyjet that hit the drone, not the drone hitting the Skyjet.

Seems the Skyjet pilot was not practicing see and avoid.

Posted by: Robert Ore | October 17, 2017 8:47 PM    Report this comment

I would like the authorities to hold these toy drivers to similar standards as we pilots are held to. Not because I am vindictive, but because my life and yours depends on it. There should be a license required, training, tests to be passed, in order to demonstrate knowledge of the rules and the ability and intent to abide by them. As it is now, the rules are a joke. Half the people don't know them and there is no way to enforce the rules even if they do know them. What we need is training, knowledge and accountability.

Posted by: Marc Rodstein | October 19, 2017 2:01 PM    Report this comment

I would like the authorities to hold these toy drivers to similar standards as we pilots are held to. Not because I am vindictive, but because my life and yours depends on it. There should be a license required, training, tests to be passed, in order to demonstrate knowledge of the rules and the ability and intent to abide by them. As it is now, the rules are a joke. Half the people don't know them and there is no way to enforce the rules even if they do know them. What we need is training, knowledge and accountability.

Posted by: Marc Rodstein | October 19, 2017 2:02 PM    Report this comment

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