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State: Keep Your Drones Away from Outdoor Events

To fly a drone, you need permission from the FAA before operating any drone in Rhode Island.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation is reminding people that the use of unmanned aircraft, or drones, are prohibited from public open air events.

In a statement, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation Airport Inspector James Warcup said the notification was issued in anticipation of "a number of highly attended open air summer events."

"Any use of drones/UAS in the vicinity of any public open air event would violate Rhode Island’s Uniform Aeronautical Regulatory Act (UAR) and Aeronautics Regulations, constituting a misdemeanor. RIAC is enlisting the support of the RI State Police and local law enforcement departments to monitor and enforce this law," he said. "The Rhode Island Airport Corporation’s primary concern is aviation safety. This is expected to be a busy season of open air summer events in Rhode Island."

To fly a drone, you need permission from the FAA before operating any drone in Rhode Island.
Joe Richer June 16, 2014 at 09:28 AM
To which regulation does this article refer? I prefer it when government agencies communicate clearly. What is the difference between a drone and radio controlled hobby aircraft (rhetorical)? Are we having a drone problem? Of course, I can bring my 3500 lb 300 HP steel car to any event I choose, yes? I am not saying it's a good idea to fly an RC plane or "copter" in a crowded area...just not sure we need to be threatened (er...sorry...reminded) by our government.
Chris Christensen June 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM
But Joe, Obo's administration has take charge of everything in our lives wether we want or need their help living our lives. For the guy out at the airport...what is a drone. How about a kite with a camera?
Chris Christensen June 16, 2014 at 11:58 AM
How close do you have to be to be in the "vicinity." Somebody better define vicinity in number of feet or yards.
Joe Richer June 17, 2014 at 08:58 AM
Thanks for the support Chris. Freedom should always be the first option.
Abe Lincoln June 17, 2014 at 09:31 AM
I keep an eye on Lee with my aerial balloons! They are great too if you come across a gals gone wild party!

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