Canada has a problem. There have been 1,329 wildfires in Alberta this year. 834 of them have been started by humans.
The result has been 9 millions liters of fire retardant pumped by pilots flying 30,998 hours of firefighting missions. This has gotten expensive. Alberta's five-year average for aircraft costs in wildfire management is approximately $128 million, so it is important for fire officials to look at all types of technologies that could save money and lives, accor
Transport Canada, the official transportation department within the Government of Canada, is currently drafting new aviation regulations that will require all drone operators who fly unmanned aircraft systems weighing more that 250 grams to obtain an operating license, according to a report by Ashley Burke, CBC News in Ottawa. The more rigorous regulations -- expected to be introduced in 2017 -- will evaporate the distinction between commercial and hobbyist drone fliers in C