Fresno Bee testing drone for newsgathering

The Fresno Bee is testing a quadcopter for possible use in newsgathering. Photo illustration by Art Pineda.

The Fresno Bee is testing a quadcopter for possible use in newsgathering. Photo illustration by Art Pineda.
The Fresno Bee is testing a small drone aircraft to see if it can be used for aerial photography of accidents, fires, farmland, lakes and waterways.

If proven successful, it would be less expensive to operate and more readily available than a helicopter.

“We have a drone,” said Tom Cullinan, president and publisher of the Fresno Bee. Cullinan said The Bee viewed the battery-powered drone for the first time at a recent conference in Fort Worth, Tex.

One limitation is that it only stays airborne for 20 minutes. So the ground pilot has to be expeditious in getting in position.

“We will see if it has applications,” Cullinan said.

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