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Why some first responders want to change the drone rules — and why not everyone agrees

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Calls emerge to update federal 'line-of-sight' regulations to assist in some emergencies

In 2019, the federal government adopted a wide range of strict regulations governing the use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in Canadian airspace — rules that applied to both professionals and hobbyists.

Among the regulations: drones would, unless an exemption was granted, have to always stay within eyesight of a human being.

Many drones, however, are capable of flying eight, 10, even 15 kilometres, said Andy Olesen, a now-retired police officer who launched the Halton Regional Police Service's drone program in 2009, one of the first licensed by the federal government.

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Drone regulations are important to protect the safety of users, search parties and bystanders, however, Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations will aid the efforts of search party whilst remaining within drone regulations.

More examples of scenarios where beyond visual line of sight has applied.

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