Drones fly hazardously close to Kelowna International Airport

Published on August 4, 2023 by David Wylie

A drone flies, there have been complaints of drones flying hazardously close to Kelowna International AirportPhoto: Adobe Stock/Okanagan Journal
A drone quadcopter with digital camera hovers.

Police are investigating two incidents involving a drone flying too close to Kelowna International Airport.

Calling them “hazardous,” Kelowna RCMP say the drone flights over the last two weeks near YLW posed a risk to planes.

The first incident happened on July 27 at about 5 p.m.

“RCMP in Kelowna were made aware of a personal drone being flown north of Wood Lake in the flight path of the airport,” says a statement from police.

Then on Aug. 3, a second report was made to police that a drone was flying within the no-fly zone around Kelowna International Airport.

Both events are being investigated by the RCMP.

“Flying a drone 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,” says Mike Della-Paolera, media relations officer with the Kelowna RCMP.

“We also encourage you to call the police immediately if you notice suspicious activity or witness the dangerous operation of a drone towards persons, properties, other aircraft, or within 5.5 kilometres of any airport.”

The RCMP says it recognizes guidelines and regulations around the use of drones are continuing to evolve and asks operators to respect the safety tips and guidelines as outlined by Transport Canada.