Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Drone Crash In Downtown Vancouver Prompts Review

The crash of a 'drone' unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) shooting a commercial in downtown Vancouver has triggered a review on the use of such vehicles in the film industry, as the number of drone permits issued in BC. increased from six in 2007 to 178 last year. 

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was being used to shoot a commercial near the intersection of Hastings/Hornby streets when it hit a building and crashed to the ground. 

City engineer Peter Judd says the main objective is to ensure no one gets injured by a drone. "We want to make sure it's safe for the public," said City engineer Peter Judd.  "Obviously we want to facilitate filming as well. It's an important industry in this city."

"Drones are an extension of work that's been going on for a long time in the film industry. Typically shots are achieved with helicopters which frankly are noisy and disruptive to residents. Drones provide an alternative that is a lot less intrusive." 

The use of drones is controlled by Transport Canada, which issues Special Flight Operating Certificates for approved operations.

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