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In the News: MCFT UAV/Drone Instructor Comments on Drone Collison with Passenger Airliner

On Thursday, October 12th, 2017 a serious incident occurred between a passenger plane and a drone while the aircraft was on final approach to Jean Lesageue Airport in Quebec City. While the aircraft only suffered minor damage, the results could have been catastrophic.

Canada’s Federal Transport Minister, Marc Garneau, said "This should not have happened. That drone should not have been there - It's important to note that aircraft are particularly vulnerable when on final approach coming in - the pilot is concentrating on landing properly."

While there have been near misses in the past, this is the first time that a collision has occurred. The passengers, crew, and those on the ground in the immediate vicinity, are extremely lucky that this drone did not go through the cockpit window or into an engine. Incidents like this MUST NOT occur.

As part of the news coverage on this incident Sterling Cripps, our UAV/Drone Instructor, gave a lengthy interview with Scott Laurie of CTV National News. Here is a link to that interview:

Please note that training is the key. Anyone using these products needs to be aware of the rules and regulations governing them. This incident should never of happened and is a wakeup call for everyone.

Sterling will be in Fredericton providing training from November 21-23. While this training is now mandatory for anyone involved in the commercial use of drones, it is for anyone who uses drones. As an operator you are responsible for operating in a safe and legal manner.

You can register by visiting