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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Canada Bans RC flying and Drones!!!

I have been Flying model aircraft for 60 years without any accidents causing damage or injury to the public or any living creature.

Mostly I fly at MAAC club sites but not all the time (some float flying at a lake or river).
If the truth were to be known most model flyers have flown from other than MAAC club sites.

I was blown away when I learned of the  New Interim Rules; which effectively bans model aircraft and drones from flight in Canada except MAAC club sites.

The New Interim Rules:

Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft

Whereas the annexed Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft is required to deal with a significant risk, direct or indirect, to aviation safety or the safety of the public;
Whereas the provisions of the annexed Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft may be contained in a regulation made pursuant to section 4.9Footnotea, paragraphs 7.6(1)(a)Footnoteb and (b)Footnotec and section 7.7Footnoted of Part I of the Aeronautics ActFootnotee;
And whereas, pursuant to subsection 6.41(1.2)Footnotef of the Aeronautics ActFootnotee, the Minister of Transport has consulted with the persons and organizations that the Minister considers appropriate in the circumstances before making the annexed Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft;
Therefore, the Minister of Transport, pursuant to subsection 6.41(1)Footnotef  of the Aeronautics ActFootnotee, makes the annexed
Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft. Ottawa, March 13, 2017
Le ministre des Transports,
Marc Garneau Minister of Transport

Interim Order Respecting the Use of Model Aircraft



1 (1)  The following definitions apply in this Interim Order.
model aircraft means an aircraft, the total weight of which does not exceed 35 kg (77.2 pounds), that is mechanically driven or launched into flight for recreational purposes and that is not designed to carry persons or other living creatures. (modèle réduit d’aéronef)
Regulations means the Canadian Aviation Regulations. (Règlement)
restricted airspace means airspace of fixed dimensions that is so specified in the Designated Airspace Handbook and within which the flight of an aircraft is restricted in accordance with conditions specified in that Handbook, or airspace that is restricted under section 5.1 of the Act. (espace  aérien  réglementé)
unmanned air vehicle means a power-driven aircraft, other than a model aircraft, that is designed to fly without a human operator on board. (véhicule  aérien  non  habité)
visual line-of-sight or VLOS means unaided visual contact with an aircraft sufficient to be able to maintain control of the aircraft know its location, and be able to scan the airspace in which it is operating to decisively see and avoid other aircraft or objects. (visibilité  directe ou VLOS)


(2) Unless the context requires otherwise, all other words and expressions used in this Interim Order have the same meaning as in the Regulations.

Conflict between Interim Order and Regulations

(3) In the event of a conflict between this Interim Order and the Regulations, the Interim Order prevails.

Designated Provisions


2 (1) The designated provisions set out in column 1 of the schedule are designated as provisions the contravention of which may be dealt with under and in accordance with the procedure set out in sections 7.7 to 8.2 of the Act.

Maximum Amounts

(2) The amounts set out in column II of the schedule are the maximum amounts of the penalty payable in respect of a contravention of the designated provisions set out in column I.


(3) A notice referred to in subsection 7.7(1) of the Act must be in writing and must specify
  1. (a) the particulars of the alleged contravention;
  2. (b) that the person on whom the notice is served or to whom it is sent has the option of paying the amount specified in the notice or filing with the Tribunal a request for a review of the alleged contravention or the amount of the penalty;
  3. (c) that payment of the amount specified in the notice will be accepted by the Minister in satisfaction of the amount of the penalty for the alleged contravention and that no further proceedings under Part I of the Act will be taken against the person on whom the notice in respect of that contravention is served or to whom it is sent;
  4. (d) that the person on whom the notice is served or to whom it is sent will be provided with an opportunity consistent with procedural fairness and natural justice to present evidence before the Tribunal and make representations in relation to the alleged contravention if the person files a request for a review with the Tribunal; and
  5. (e) that the person on whom the notice is served or to whom it is sent will be considered to have committed the contravention set out in the notice if they fail to pay the amount specified in the notice and fail to file a request for a review with the Tribunal within the prescribed period.


Recreational Purposes

3 (1) Subject to subsection (2), this Interim Order applies in respect of model aircraft having a total weight of more than 250 grams (0.55 pounds) but not more than 35 Kg (77.2 pounds).
(2) It does not apply to
  1. unmanned air vehicles; and
  2. model aircraft operated at events organized by the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) or at airfields located in a zone administered by MAAC or a MAAC club.

Suspended Provision Of Regulations

Prohibited Use

The effect of section 602.45 of the Regulations is suspended in respect of the model aircraft referred to in subsection 3(1).

Model Aircraft Operating and Flight Provisions


(5) (1) A person must not operate a model aircraft
  1. (a) at an altitude greater than 300 feet AGL;
  2. (b) at a lateral distance of less than 250 feet (75m) from buildings, structures, vehicles, vessels, animals and the public including spectators, bystanders or any person not associated with the operation of the aircraft;
  3. (c) within 9 km of the centre of an aerodrome;
  4. (d) within controlled airspace;
  5. (e) within restricted airspace;
  6. (f) over or within a forest fire area, or any area that is located within 9 km of a forest fire area;
  7. (g) over or within the security perimeter of a police or first responder emergency operation site;
  8. (h) over or within an open-air assembly of persons;
  9. (i) at night; or
  10. (j) in cloud.
(2)  A person must not operate more than one model aircraft at a time.

Right of Way

A person operating a model aircraft must give way to manned aircraft at all times.

Visual Line-of-Sight

7 (1) A person operating a model aircraft must ensure that it is operated within VLOS at all times during the flight.
(2) No person shall operate a model aircraft when the aircraft is at a lateral distance of more than 1640 feet (500 m) from the person’s location.

Contact Information

The owner of a model aircraft shall not operate or permit a person to operate the aircraft unless the name, address and telephone number of the owner is clearly made visible on the aircraft.


(Subsections 2(1) and (2))


Column I
Designated Provision
Column II
Maximum Amount of Penalty ($)
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8

Model Aeronautics Association of Canada March 16, 2017 Burlington, ON For Immediate Release Transport Canada Regulations Limit Model Aviation Activities MAAC Members and Clubs See Exemptions Transport Canada's announcement of interim regulations for drone use will impact model aviation enthusiasts across the country that are flying any model aircraft between 250g and 35kg. The regulations place restrictions on how high model aircraft can be flown, and minimum distances from people and buildings when flying that will severely limit how and where people can enjoy the hobby. A press release from Transport Canada states that not only must recreational users put their contact information on drones, but also that they may not fly higher than 90 metres, within 150 metres of buildings, vehicles or people, or within 9 kilometers of the centre of any aerodrome. However, within the regulations is an exemption for Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) Members flying at MAAC sanction fields and/or events. The exemption granted to MAAC members and sanctioned events is crucial to the continued operation of hundreds of clubs across the country. "The Model Aeronautics Association of Canada acknowledges Transport Canada's safety concerns and is appreciative for the clear recognition of the long history of safe operations by our membership," says MAAC President Rodger Williams. "One of MAAC's primary goals is keeping our members informed on how to enjoy the hobby while keeping safety in the forefront. Those efforts have paid off with this exemption." MAAC offers flying venues through more than 350 existing clubs across the country, always welcoming new members and clubs. MAAC Regulations and safety guidelines are openly available on the association's website (maac.ca) and are subject to change through member feedback and experience. About The Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC): MAAC is Canada's internationally and federally recognized model aviation sanctioning body. Additionally, MAAC is a sitting member of Canadian Aviation Regulatory Advisory Council, holds corporate membership with Unmanned Systems Canada, and is a voting member of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale and the Aero Club of Canada. For over 65 years MAAC has provided leadership, safety guidelines, and liability insurance to individual members, clubs, and field owners. MAAC serves over 11,500 members across Canada. MAAC members are active in all disciplines of model aviation from free-flight models through radio controlled scale and competition models, including multi-rotor aircraft and rocketry. For more information contact: Rodger Williams, President President@MAAC.ca +1 418 564-5225

Sunday, October 16, 2016

William's Brothers La Jollita Vintage 1/4 Scale Pylon Racer

William's Brothers La Jollita Vintage (circa 1970) Pylon Racer Kit 

ENGINE 25-40

The La Jollita was a first of it kind. It's a "Rare large scale Pylon Racer for the Miniature Goodyear Event or sport flying". Miniature pylon racing was all the rage in the late 1960's - early 1970's; they were designed to be powered by a potent 40 size glow engine such as the OS MAX H 40 P. Other contemporary kit manufactures produced kits for this class, such as Goldberg's "Shoestring" Sig's "Minnow" and  Great Plane's "Cosmic Wind.  But the least popular and I never knew why, was the William's " La Jollita". These were truly 1/4 scale model airplanes that fact is hard to believe, when one considers that the wing spans were only 40 odd inches. The full scale airplanes themselves were very small; they were hardly bigger than what today we call Giant Scale models.

Full scale Rivets Midget Racer

The kit Contains select balsa and plywood, 29 hi-impact plastic parts: cheek cowls; wheel pants; all wing ribs; wing tips and turtle back.  Also included is a preformed aluminium landing gear, all hardware, clear scale canopy, pilot figure and more. As I recall after all these years, it was a very high quality kit and an easy build.

The sun came out here yesterday afternoon and I took the opportunity to go to the field with some of my electric planes;I flew the Beaver, Lightening and a Williams Brothers' Pylon racer that I made when I was 31 years old (46 years ago), while living in St. Louis, when I worked with McDonnell Aircraft. I kept it all those years and recently restored and converted it from glow to electric power witch in itself was no easy matter. You can't imagine what a thrill it was for me to see her perform yesterday, ripping around the field doing those bank and yank Pylon turns for 5 minutes plus. The perfect roll on landing to finish off the flight was particularly satisfying. I hope that she will survive a little while longer, so I can get more experience flying her. The next time I will try to have a flash card in my GoPro so that I will have a record to remind me of the experience.