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Broome County to host Drone Information Seminar

Binghamton, NY – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston joins Broome County Commissioner of Aviation David Hickling and Broome County Legislator Ron Heebner to announce details of an upcoming public information meeting on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones.

This informational forum will focus on current FAA guidance and possible upcoming Federal regulations regarding UAVs, local airspace utilization, safety concerns and general guidelines for operating UAVs near airports.

“We know that more and more people are flying drones as a hobby in our community,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “This informational session is not to discourage anyone from enjoying the hobby; it’s to make sure everyone is doing so safely and within the guidelines of the FAA.”

“The rapidly growing use of drones by our residents confirms the public's interest in this new endeavor,” says Legislator and Airport Advisory Board Member Ron Heebner. “The fact that Broome County Executive, Debbie Preston is formally calling attention to the presentation that will be given by Aviation Commissioner, Dave Hickling, highlights the importance of knowing how to safely use these new flying machines.  Everyone involved needs to know about the safe operation of drones to prevent collision with manned aircraft that could cause injury or worse.”

“There is a definite potential safety risk when people from the general public operate UAVs in the same airspace as manned aircraft,” says Hickling.  “We just want to educate the public on how we can make sure everyone, from drone operator to commercial airline passenger, can enjoy the friendly skies of Broome County.”

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, sometimes referred to as drones, are becoming more and more popular all over the world and our region is no exception.  As the number of these UAVs increase, the concern of an encounter with an aircraft also increases.  The FAA has initiated some recommendations on how to integrate UAVs into the aerospace system safely and more guidelines and regulations are expected in the near future.

This event will focused on the safety of aeronautical activities in the Binghamton Area and is intended for anyone who is currently or planning to own and operate unmanned aerial vehicles in the Greater Binghamton Area.

The Broome County Department of Aviation would like to invite all parties interested in learning about the safety concerns, operations and Federal guidelines to this free forum at 7:00pm on January 27 in the Decker Room at the Jeffrey P. Kraham Broome County Library 185 Court Street, Binghamton.

 

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01/25/2016 - 11:43am