The new regulations for remotely piloted aircraft systems came into force on June 1 in Canada. The Rouville MRC is equipped to provide emergency response outside the road network.
To this end, Tansports Canada enforced the new Canadian regulations for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), or drones, that operate in direct visibility by the pilot. A new operational examination, theoretical and practical, is required in order to validate the ability of the pilot performing advanced operations to use his drone safely.
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According to Claude Levert, Fire Safety Coordinator and Head of Prevention Division, this pre-theoretical exam is very complex and hinders the progress of using this type of equipment. You must have the same knowledge as if you wanted to fly a Boeing 747. Several questions are irrelevant and too picky for someone wanting only to fly a drone.”
To this, Alexandre Desjardins, at Transport Canada communications, responded that “the exam questions are designed to test the knowledge and understanding of the new regulations as well as knowledge about aviation in general. Drones are aircraft that share airspace with other aircraft. It is important that drone pilots understand how other pilots fly so that their drone stays well away from other aircraft.”
“ You must have the same knowledge as if you wanted to fly a Boeing 747.”
— Claude Levert
Chess “Everyone fails the first time and many do not succeed repeatedly. Numerous reports were made to Transport Canada in that meaning. This restricts the issuance of permits,” continues Claude Levert, who is currently the only one to possess the official certificate authorizing him to fly the MRC drone for off-road rescues.
Alexandre Desjardins replied that “the overall examination pass rate is about 53%. Initially, success rates were low because drone pilots had to familiarize themselves with the rules, but rates continue to rise. We are constantly reviewing, improving and developing the content of our reviews and products.”
Off-Road Rescue In addition, as part of the Financial Assistance Program to support the organization of emergency response outside the road network, the RCN was able to purchase a DJI Matrix 210 drone. Equipped with a thermal camera, this drone worth about $25,000 allows interventions in the forest, at height or for “The drone guides paramedics in the mountains with its GPS, locates people stuck in places of low visibility and targets fire outbreaks, allowing a ventilation point at the hottest spot,” says Levert about the various possible emergency interventions. global situation and allows us to develop intervention strategies”, complements the man in office since February 2017.
Patrick Brodeur, director of the Fire Safety Department of the Municipality of Rougemont, will join the course in order to, in turn, be able to obtain the right to maneuver the aircraft.