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When fire breaks out abroad, a Canadian drone swoops in

Canadian regulatory advantages help Aeryon Labs Inc. compete with rivals overseas

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Aeryon has no shortage of rivals in the global commercial drone market, whose sales will hit $1.27-billion (U.S.) by 2020, according to Dublin-based research firm Research and Markets. But being located in Canada works in its favour.

First, thanks to this country’s relaxed drone laws, Aeryon has enjoyed access to airspace long denied its counterparts in the United States, where the Federal Aviation Administration only began allowing commercial use in the past year. “We’ve been able to have customers flying and we’ve been able to fly and test our systems in the air, as opposed to many potential competitors that could have started in the U.S. but simply couldn’t even fly to test their own systems,” Mr. Kroetsch says.

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