The pilot behind a viral video of ice skaters on Surrey’s frozen Serpentine Fenn could end up landing in hot water.
Transport Canada confirms it is investigating the video, posted to social media this weekend.
The video shows happy crowds skating in an enchanted, frosty wonderland.
Serpentine Fenn is right next door to Surrey’s King George Airpark.
That’s well within Transport Canada’s nine kilometer no-drone-zone.
Stefane Marois, chief flight instructor with the Airpark says pilots were flying that day — and that this type of behaviour could cost lives.
“It’s a definite cause for concerns. An airplane like that will tear a wing right apart. Landing, we do 100 kilometers per hour. You imagine a UAV in a wing or a tail… we’re going to lose some people for sure.”
Mariois says it’s a growing problem, and that the Airpark has had to call Transport Canada and the RCMP on violators at least three times in the lat six months.
“You know, Boundary Bay, Delta Airpark – there are a lot of small airports that people are not aware of.”
“That’s what happens when you sell these things in London Drugs and you don’t license them, right? Anybody can pick one up and just go fly it.”
Surrey RCMP says it received no complaints about the flight, and won’t be pursuing the matter – but federal regulators are. In a statement, they say the pilot may face consequences.
“Should an issue of non-compliance with the regulations be found, the department will not hesitate to take appropriate action.”
The legal consequences of violating Transport Canada’s safe flight regulations can be severe.
Anyone found to have violated controlled airspace or endangered the safety of manned aircraft could face a fine of up to $25,000 or prison.
The drone’s pilot did not return a request for comment.