Transport Canada has restricted the airspace and prohibited the use of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) over Fort McMurray, and within five miles of the Fort McMurray International Airport.
Now that Fort McMurray International Airport is open for commercial flights, this restriction is in place to prevent interference and collision between UAVs and manned aircraft during the re-entry and recovery period. Operation of UAVs, model aircraft and drones is prohibited until June 30, 2016. The restricted airspace extends from ground level up to 1000 feet. Only UAV operators specifically authorized by Transport Canada are permitted to fly within the restricted airspace.
It is illegal and extremely dangerous to fly any type of UAV in restricted airspace without permission. Under the Aeronautics Act and the Criminal Code, anyone who endangers the safety of aircraft could be subject to fines of up to $25,000 and/or prison.