DRONES COMING CLOSE

Drones are lately sparking more than just a privacy debate, as they enter restricted airspace and potentially physically endanger passengers flying in and out of airports like JFK and LaGuardia.  Photo courtesy of infowars.com

Drones are lately sparking more than just a privacy debate, as they enter restricted airspace and potentially physically endanger passengers flying in and out of airports like JFK and LaGuardia. Photo courtesy of infowars.com

Three recent incidents of drone-spotting near JFK airport have prompted U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer to revisit the issue he addressed just a few months ago, this time with an even greater emphasis on physical safety.   Schumer urged the Federal Aviation Administration and the Office of Management and Budget this week to expedite its release of new drone regulations.

In August, the Senator pushed the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration to develop guidelines focused on best practices for drone usage and data collection and storage.

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Army wants to build special drone airstrip

Shadow UAV supports 24 hour operations

The Army wants to build a new airfield at the Yakima Training Center for soldiers to train with an unmanned aircraft system.

Soldiers already train with the Shadow, a small reconnaissance drone, at a shared runway at the Selah Airstrip several miles southwest of the center.

Manned aviation training has priority at the Selah airfield, and traffic is increasing, according to Army Corps of Engineers environmental assessment draft documents.

A new airfield with a parking lot, the Army says, will mean more training opportunities and, ultimately, better scouting for forces in combat.

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