Drone Policy

Due to safety and privacy concerns, Mt Seymour Resorts prohibits the operation or use on or above Resort property of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public—including model aircraft by recreational users and hobbyists—without the prior written authorization from Mt Seymour. 

This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within the area boundaries.  This prohibition extends to any devices launched or operated from the Controlled Recreation Area (CRA), as well as any launched from private property outside of the CRA. 

Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your access privileges to the Mt Seymour Resort, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any prohibited equipment, and may subject violators to any liability for damages, including, but not limited to, damages for trespass, violations of privacy, and physical injuries to persons and/or property, as well as legal fees.

All requests to operate Drones on Mt Seymour premises are required to go through the Marketing Department, swhitehead@mtseymour.ca or at 604-986-2261 ext. 258 with the following information:

  • Name and specifications of the drone (weight)
  • Name and experience of the pilot (how many flights, how long he/she has had the drone), contact details of operator
  • Proof of $5 million liability insurance per occurrence and UAV exemption with Mt Seymour Resorts Ltd. listed as additionally insured
  • Intended flight plan
  • Drone and pilot to follow and meet current UAV operating requirements as laid out in Transport Canada Guidelines

Any persons found flying a drone on our premises without prior authorization will be asked to cease operations and leave the ski area with their drone.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Transport Canada Regulations

If the drone is less than 2kg, operator does not need permission from Transport Canada.

• Be safe, well trained and know the rules of the sky

• Be 18 years old, or at least 16 years old to conduct research under academic supervision

• Be alert—not tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs

• Inspect your UAV and site before flight to ensure they are safe

• Get permission before you go onto private property

• Inform Air Traffic Services if your UAV enters controlled airspace

• Give right-of-way to manned aircraft

• Fly during daylight and in good weather

• Keep your aircraft in direct line of sight and always be able to see it with your own eyes

• Verify that radio frequencies/transmissions won’t affect control of your UAV

• Have an emergency plan ahead of time

• Carry a copy of your UAV exemption, proof of liability insurance, contact information, and aircraft system limitations

• Follow the manufacturer’s operating and emergency procedures, including those if the remote control loses contact with the aircraft

• Respect laws from all levels of government

• Operate only one UAV at a time, with a single remote control

• Immediately stop all operations if you can no longer meet the exemption requirements or if the safety of a person, property or other aircraft is at risk

• Stay at least 30 metres away from people, animals, buildings, structures, and vehicles not involved in the operation

 

If the drone is between 2kg – 25kg, operator needs to provide Transport Canada with the following information:

• Contact information

• UAV model

• Description of operation

• Geographical boundaries of operation

As well as:

• Be safe, well trained and know the rules of the sky

• Be 18 years old

• Be alert—not tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs

• Inspect your UAV and site before flight to ensure they are safe

• Get permission before you go onto private property

• Carry a copy of your UAV exemption, proof of liability insurance, contact information, and UAV system limitations • Respect laws from all levels of government

• Keep your UAV in direct line of sight and always be able to see it with your own eyes

• Operate only one UAV at a time, with a single remote control

• Give right-of-way to manned aircraft

• Fly during daylight and in good weather (no clouds, snow or icy conditions): wind under 15k

• Create and follow procedures for landing and recovering your UAV and for contacting emergency responders and air traffic control.

• Have an emergency plan ahead of time

• Follow the manufacturer’s operating and emergency procedures, including those if the remote control loses contact with the aircraft

• Verify that radio frequencies/transmission and electronic devices won’t affect control of your UAV

• Assess the risk of losing connection with the UAV and decide when to use the flight termination setting

• Have a fire extinguisher on site

• Inform Air Traffic Services if your UAV enters controlled airspace

• Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance/assembly instructions

• Ensure the UAV does not have an emergency locator transmitter

• Report accidents to Transport Canada and stop operations until you have addressed the risks

• Immediately stop all operations if you can no longer respect the exemption requirements or if the safety of a person, property or other aircraft is at risk

• Stay at least 150 metres away from people, animals, buildings, structures, and vehicles not involved in the operation

If the drone is over 25kg, operator needs to apply for a Special Flight Operations certificate from Transport Canada. For more information visit http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/standards/general-recavi-uav-2265.htm

Date Created:         08/19/2016