A very important part of piloting quadcopters is doing so safely. Any events sanctioned by the Winnipeg FPV Club will require participants adhere to all Transport Canada’s rules of flying unmanned aircraft recreationally. Some important rules particularly for the FPV racing community include:
- Only flying during daylight and in good weather.
- Only flying within line of sight.
- Fly below 300 ft altitude.
- Fly within 500 meters lateral distance of yourself.
- If your quad weighs more than 250g but less than 1kg: Never fly within 30 meters of vehicles, vessels, spectators, bystanders or any person not associated with the operation of the quad
- If your quad weighs more than 1kg but less than 35kg: Never fly within 75 meters of vehicles, vessels, spectators, bystanders or any person not associated with the operation of the quad
- Never fly within 5.5 km of any airports. In and around Winnipeg, this includes the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, the Lyncrest Airport.
- Never fly within 1.8km of any heliports. This includes the Health Sciences Centre Heliport, and the City of Winnipeg Heliport.
Please note that the taking off or landing of any aircraft (even model aircraft, and technically even kites and frisbees) are prohibited in all national parks as per the National Parks of Canada Aircraft Access Regulations, unless you have a permit issued by a park superintendent.
On August 21, 2015, Transport Canada issued a Civil Aviation Safety Alert on Unmanned Air Vehicles, basically reminding pilots that the Canadian Aviation Regulations state that no unauthorized person shall operate an aircraft within 5 nautical miles (9km) of a forest fire or within any associated restricted airspace.