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Canadian Skies Abuzz: Canada’s Competitive Edge in the Unmanned Air Vehicles Sector

Kate Salimi

The use of Unmanned Air Vehicles – or drones as they are more commonly known – represents a tremendous opportunity for Canada’s commercial sector to increase efficiency and competitiveness.

Canadian Skies Abuzz: Canada’s Competitive Edge in the Unmanned Air Vehicles Sector

The use of Unmanned Air Vehicles – or drones as they are more commonly known – represents a tremendous opportunity for Canada’s commercial sector to increase efficiency and competitiveness.

Canada can strengthen its position as an important player in the anticipated multi-billion-dollar drone industry by considering requests from industry to expand the beyond-the-line-of sight drone testing facility in Foremost, Alberta. And, secondly, Canada should consider moving from a class and weight regulatory framework to a “risk-based” approach. Together, these proposals will allow the industry to to remain agile, to innovate and continue to grow while maintaining high civil aviation safety standards.

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Kate Salimi

Kate Salimi

Former Program Assistant, Canada Institute
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Canada Institute

Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship.     Read more