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Drone flight prompts warning from officials…

KELOWNA, BC: A potentially hazardous drone flight last month near Kelowna’s YLW International Airport has prompted a warning from both police and airport officials.

Back in February RCMP in Kelowna were made aware of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), more commonly known as a drone, being flown in the vicinity of the Kelowna International Airport. Although police responded to the area, officers were unable to locate the drone or its operator.

The incident now serves as a reminder and has prompted RCMP and Kelowna International Airport Officials to issue a warning surrounding the dangers Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems pose to commercial and non commercial aircrafts

Flying a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System in the vicinity of an airport not only poses a significant safety risk to the passengers and crew members on board all incoming and outgoing flights, but also to the members of the general public below,” states Neil Drachenberg, Manager of Airport Safety and Security at YLW.

The Kelowna RCMP encourage you to call the police immediately if you notice suspicious activity or witness the dangerous operation of a remotely piloted aircraft towards persons, properties, other aircrafts, or within 5.5 kms of any airport,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the Kelowna Regional RCMP.

The RCMP recognizes that guidelines and regulations around the use of RPAS is continuing to evolve and asks operators to respect the safety tips and guidelines as outlined by Transport Canada.

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