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2017 Update

So, it's 2017 and after waiting to see what would happen, I decided that keeping this all static is really the best way to do this, since apparently Wordpress and Medium are feeding off each other and being super weird, I'll keep using vim to write drafts and post things. I have a dozen drafts that I write on Medium that I've never published because they either weren't up to par with what I wanted to say or just ramble. So, updates will be here, and hopefully will be more frequent since I got the jekyll dialed in better when I posted the slides from Confoo.

In other news, I'm going to be speaking about WebVR at PhoneGap Day EU. I will also be presenting a workshop on WebVR as well. I'll obviously be posting the slides, and the rest of the materials on GitHub and on the speaking page when I get more information

Also, Canada does have new drone rules, as the old rules cited on dontflyhere.ca were just strong recommendations by Transport Canada. A part of me regrets the message of dontflyhere, since it was the wrong approach to the whole thing and was done back when I was less confident in my flying ability or the flying ability of others in the hobby. That being said, I'm glad that I looked it up, and learned a bit about what restricted airspace is and why.

On that note, I do plan on making more content related to UAVs, safety and where you can fly a quadcopter without breaking the rules. As far as the mapping, I do have a plan to use the new AirMap APIs, since they're better maintained than any other maps. That said, thanks to Peter Spear for providing parsed data from the NAV CANADA Restricted Airspace Handbook, since without that data, neither dontflyhere, or the Canada Research Council UAV Site Survey tool would not be possible initially.

I've updated the SSL certficate for this site so that I can use this site to host some WebVR content. I do plan on creating new 360 Video content to be viewed in Cardboard, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and other platforms. I'm going to be spending a lot of time authoring the content, but I'm hoping I can do better than what's currently been produced so far, even without my original plan that I never got around to getting the SFOC to do.

Finally, I did send an Access to Information request to Transport Canada to figure out what the decision making process was for these completely random drone regulations that the minister put into place with almost zero consultation. I say zero consultation because when the lawyer for DJI says there was no consultation, and the Drone Manufactuers were one of the stakeholders, there was definitely zero consultation. Hopefully we can gather some answers, or at least see if the minister and their staff are even reading what UAV pilots are writing, or are just straight up ignoring the public.