That charge is Section 320.13(1)(a) of Canada’s Criminal Code, which states:

Dangerous operation

320.13 (1) Everyone commits an offence who operates a conveyance in a manner that, having regard to all of the circumstances, is dangerous to the public.

The landing may have also run afoul of Canada Aviation Regulations 602.13 (1):

Take-offs, Approaches and Landings within Built-up Areas of Cities and Towns

602.13 (1) Except if otherwise permitted under this section, section 603.66 or Part VII, no person shall conduct a take-off, approach or landing in an aircraft within a built-up area of a city or town, unless that take-off, approach or landing is conducted at an airport, heliport or a military aerodrome.


It’s not uncommon for helicopter pilots to get fined for making a flashy entrance by landing somewhere that’s not a helipad, and the legality of landing away from a helipad or airport varies between countries and even some localities. In this case, Tisdale has an uncontrolled airport within walking distance of the Dairy Queen.

The charge is causing a bit of a stir online, as some Twitter users are pointing out when police helicopters land in towns to allegedly pick up some lunch. The pilot is set to appear in court on September 7. That ice cream cake might just be one of his most expensive desserts.