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Drones and the Binghamton Airport

Will proposed regulations on unmanned aircraft have an impact on commercial and private air travel?

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing rules on commercial drones including allowing drones weighing up to 55 pounds to fly within sight of their remote pilots during daylight hours. The drones must stay below 500 feet in the air and fly less than 100 miles per hour. Air space around airports like the Greater Binghamton Airport are already protected out to 4.3 miles and up to 2,500 feet. But the head of the airport feels the proposed regulations are a good idea.

"It's not really an issue at the Binghamton airport at this point. But as the cost of these drones comes down and the popularity grows it could become an issue here so it's good to have some regulations in place," said Acting Broome County Commissioner of Aviation David Hickling.

Later this week we will introduce you to a Tioga County farmer who plans to employ drones to revolutionize the way he monitors crops.

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