drones http://wrvo.org en Private drones cleared for flight over upstate New York http://wrvo.org/post/private-drones-cleared-flight-over-upstate-new-york <p>The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the first private drone flights over upstate New York as part of a national testing program.</p><p>The Northeast UAS (unmanned aerial systems) Airspace Integration Research Alliance, or NUAIR, has spent the better part of the year waiting for the FAA's approval to begin testing remotely piloted aircraft.</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:00:57 +0000 Ryan Delaney 60069 at http://wrvo.org Private drones cleared for flight over upstate New York Peace activists says drone protests at Hancock Air Base will continue http://wrvo.org/post/peace-activists-says-drone-protests-hancock-air-base-will-continue <p></p><p>Activists opposed to drone warfare continue targeting the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base north of Syracuse.<br /><br />During a protest at the air base last week, local upstate drone activists were joined by some members of the Atlantic Life Community Activists, an East Coast-based group of pacifists.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:18:56 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59542 at http://wrvo.org Peace activists says drone protests at Hancock Air Base will continue Crashed Air Force drone was flying with gear that couldn't handle cold http://wrvo.org/post/crashed-air-force-drone-was-flying-gear-couldnt-handle-cold <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Besides some clouds on Nov. 12, 2013, Air National Guard crew members recalled to accident investigators that it was a nice day for flying.</span></p><p>But it was a cold, late fall day, just below freezing on the ground at Fort Drum, where the Air National Guard launches its remotely piloted aircraft for training missions over upstate New York.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:47:20 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58914 at http://wrvo.org Crashed Air Force drone was flying with gear that couldn't handle cold "Common problem" caused Air National Guard's drone to crash http://wrvo.org/post/common-problem-caused-air-national-guards-drone-crash <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An unmanned aircraft expert says a "not uncommon problem" caused an Air National Guard drone to smash into Lake Ontario last November.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/air-guards-drone-crash-caused-multiple-malfunctions" target="_blank">Air Force says multiple communication and navigation failures</a> lead to the crash of an MQ-9 Reaper drone, piloted by the Syracuse-based 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard.</p><p>No one was hurt when the multi-ton aircraft plummeted into the lake 12 miles offshore, late last year.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:51:57 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58272 at http://wrvo.org "Common problem" caused Air National Guard's drone to crash Air Guard's drone crash caused by multiple malfunctions http://wrvo.org/post/air-guards-drone-crash-caused-multiple-malfunctions <p></p><p>Multiple communication and navigation failures on&nbsp;174th Air National Guard Attack Wing's MQ-9 Reaper unmanned drone flying over central New York last November caused it to crash in Lake Ontario.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:58:05 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58187 at http://wrvo.org Air Guard's drone crash caused by multiple malfunctions Former Air National Guard commander dies in flying accident http://wrvo.org/post/former-air-national-guard-commander-dies-flying-accident <p>The former commander of the Syracuse Air National Guard unit, then later state guard operations, died over the weekend in a flying accident in Arizona.</p><p>The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says 61-year-old Retired Major General Robert Knauff died Saturday afternoon after his glider crashed in Aguila, in the desert outside of Phoenix.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 13:29:57 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Associated Press 55286 at http://wrvo.org Former Air National Guard commander dies in flying accident Activists discuss upstate New York drone use during visit to Utica http://wrvo.org/post/activists-discuss-upstate-new-york-drone-use-during-visit-utica <p></p><p>Military drones piloted from Syracuse attack targets in Afghanistan. Griffis Airport in Rome has been tapped to test the safety of commercial drones. With little fanfare, upstate New York has become central to adaptation of unmanned aerial vehicles. Wednesday night, the controversy over drones came to Utica.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:03:11 +0000 Jon Kealy 54052 at http://wrvo.org Investigation into drone crash nearing completion http://wrvo.org/post/investigation-drone-crash-nearing-completion <p></p><p>The Air Force's investigation into the crash of a drone aircraft into Lake Ontario last fall is nearing completion and should be made public later this spring.</p><p>Investigators from the Air Force Investigations Board wrapped up the on-site investigation at Hancock Airfield on March 20, according to 174th Air Guard Attack Wing spokeswoman Maj. Sandy Stoquert.</p><p>Investigators did not give the 174th a preliminary report or portions of its finding yet, Stoquert said.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:45:38 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53893 at http://wrvo.org Investigation into drone crash nearing completion Upstate N.Y. drone test site gets another $1 million in funding http://wrvo.org/post/upstate-ny-drone-test-site-gets-another-1-million-funding <p></p><p>There's another $1 million in the recently passed state budget for upstate New York's new drone testing program, which means the site now has enough funding to get through at least its first year of operations.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:16:47 +0000 Ryan Delaney 53635 at http://wrvo.org Upstate N.Y. drone test site gets another $1 million in funding Drone test site secures half its startup funding with state grant http://wrvo.org/post/drone-test-site-secures-half-its-startup-funding-state-grant <p></p><p>Upstate New York’s new drone testing site is closer to pulling enough money together to begin operating. It’s been awarded a state grant to cover some of its startup costs.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:24:03 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52122 at http://wrvo.org Drone test site secures half its startup funding with state grant Hancock Air Base anti-drone protesters sentenced http://wrvo.org/post/hancock-air-base-anti-drone-protesters-sentenced <p></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:11:49 +0000 Ellen Abbott 51152 at http://wrvo.org Hancock Air Base anti-drone protesters sentenced N.Y. drone testing coalition still needs $1.2 million in funding http://wrvo.org/post/ny-drone-testing-coalition-still-needs-12-million-funding <p></p><p>There was no federal funding attached to the <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/new-york-wins-federal-drone-testing-site-designation" target="_blank">Federal Aviation Administration’s designation of upstate New York as a drone research site</a>, but the coalition that will run the testing needs money to begin operations itself.</p><p>The coalition that won the bid just before the New Year, known as NUAIR, will be based at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome. The research lab there is upgrading a former hanger to house drones and equipment.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 10:59:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50870 at http://wrvo.org N.Y. drone testing coalition still needs $1.2 million in funding Trial against drone resisters continues today http://wrvo.org/post/trial-against-drone-resisters-continues-today <p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 13:07:48 +0000 Ellen Abbott 49518 at http://wrvo.org Trial against drone resisters continues today Anti-drone activist worries about drone test site in N.Y. http://wrvo.org/post/anti-drone-activist-worries-about-drone-test-site-ny <p></p><p>Upstate New York winning a civilian drone testing site from the Federal Aviation Administration is a step in the wrong direction for the Syracuse Peace Council. The anti-drone activists are trying to shutdown military drone activity in the region.</p><p>On Monday, <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-wins-federal-drone-testing-site-designation" target="_blank">New York won one of six</a> coveted commercial drone test sites from the FAA. On Friday, Ed Kinane and other peace activists will be a court over their protests against military drones.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:05:27 +0000 Ryan Delaney 49368 at http://wrvo.org Anti-drone activist worries about drone test site in N.Y. New York wins federal drone testing site designation http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-wins-federal-drone-testing-site-designation <p></p><p></p><p>Upstate New York has won a coveted test site designation for unmanned aerial systems - or drones - from the Federal Aviation Administration as part of that agency's work toward developing regulations for drones' integration into U.S. skies.</p><p>But for many here in upstate New York, the designation is more about the jobs and dollars that surround the booming drone industry, estimated to be worth $100 billion globally over the next decade. Industry trade groups predict the business will generated 70,000 jobs nationwide.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:00:40 +0000 Ryan Delaney 49244 at http://wrvo.org New York wins federal drone testing site designation Money to expand drone hangar at Fort Drum http://wrvo.org/post/money-expand-drone-hangar-fort-drum <p></p><p>Not long after a military drone crashed into Lake Ontario in November, the program that aircraft belonged to is getting a boost with funding from the 2014 defense spending bill signed into law last week. The money will go toward expanding a storage and maintenance facility at Fort Drum. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 49205 at http://wrvo.org Money to expand drone hangar at Fort Drum Schumer calls for drone crash investigation to be made public http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-drone-crash-investigation-be-made-public <p>New York's U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer wants the investigation into the crash of an Air National Guard unmanned drone to be made public.<br /><br />The Air Force is investigation the <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/military-finds-pieces-crashed-drone-investigation-continues" target="_blank">crash of an MQ-9 Reaper into Lake Ontario last month</a> while on a training flight with the 174th Air Guard Wing, based out of Syracuse. Training flights resumed two weeks after the incident.<br /><br />Schumer, a Democrat, says that's alright since most drones are safe.<br /> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:35:07 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48113 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for drone crash investigation to be made public Air National Guard defending its drone training program http://wrvo.org/post/air-national-guard-defending-its-drone-training-program <p>Syracuse's Air National Guard unit is issuing assurance its drone training program is safe two weeks after one crashed into Lake Ontario on a training mission.</p><p>An MQ-9 Reaper <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/military-finds-pieces-crashed-drone-investigation-continues" target="_blank">crashed into the lake 20 miles northeast of Oswego on Nov. 12</a>, which did not result in any injuries. The Air Force continues to investigate that crash.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:46:55 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47769 at http://wrvo.org Air National Guard defending its drone training program Military finds pieces of crashed drone; investigation continues http://wrvo.org/post/military-finds-pieces-crashed-drone-investigation-continues <p><strong>Updated, Thursday, 8:26 p.m.:</strong></p><p>The Air National Guard has found pieces of its unmanned drone that crashed into Lake Ontario earlier this week.</p><p>Recovery efforts continued on Thursday and debris was found along the shoreline, according to Maj. Sandy Stoquert, a public affairs officer for the 174th Attack Wing based in Syracuse.</p><p>The MQ-9 Reaper crashed into the eastern part of the lake Tuesday afternoon during a training flight that had taken off three hours earlier from Ft. Drum.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:26:59 +0000 Ryan Delaney & Ellen Abbott 47052 at http://wrvo.org Military finds pieces of crashed drone; investigation continues Syracuse Peace Council: drone crash should 'poke people awake' http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-peace-council-drone-crash-should-poke-people-awake <p></p><p>Anti-drone activists hope the recent crash of an unmanned military drone aircraft will "poke people awake" about their dangers.</p><p>No one was injured <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/military-drone-crashed-lake-ontario-still-missing" target="_blank">when the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard lost an MQ-9 Reaper drone</a> into Lake Ontario during a training flight Tuesday, but the 8,000 pound aircraft crashed just 20 miles northeast of Oswego and 12 miles off shore.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:55:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47128 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse Peace Council: drone crash should 'poke people awake' Syracuse lawmakers will rewrite drone ban language http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-lawmakers-will-rewrite-drone-ban-language <p>Syracuse lawmakers are re-working their proposed ban on the use of surveillance drones over city skies.</p><p>A draft of regulations were introduced on the council agenda at a study session last week, but were quickly withdrawn.</p><p>New draft federal guidelines out on drone use prompted the re-write. The federal rules will be incorporated into the city&#39;s, according to councilor Jake Barrett, who chairs the public safety committee.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:27:44 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45289 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse lawmakers will rewrite drone ban language Schumer joins lobbying effort for upstate NY drone test site http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-joins-lobbying-effort-upstate-ny-drone-test-site <p></p><p>New York's senior senator, Charles Schumer, has formally joined the lobbying effort to see that upstate New York becomes a federally designated drone testing site.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:12:24 +0000 Ryan Delaney 44241 at http://wrvo.org Schumer joins lobbying effort for upstate NY drone test site Military drones will soon be flying over Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/military-drones-will-soon-be-flying-over-syracuse <p></p><p>Central New York's Air National Guard unit, the 174th Attack Wing, will soon be flying drone training flights over a large portion of the city of Syracuse.</p><p>The 174th was granted permission from the Federal Aviation Administration last month to expand its permitted airspace south into Oswego, Madison and Onondaga Counties. The airspace includes the northern half of Syracuse and stretches from Camillus to Fayetteville from west to east.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 21:46:52 +0000 Ryan Delaney 42154 at http://wrvo.org Military drones will soon be flying over Syracuse Privacy vs. economic benefit, as Syracuse weighs drone use http://wrvo.org/post/privacy-vs-economic-benefit-syracuse-weighs-drone-use <p></p><p>Syracuse lawmakers have begun weighing the economic benefits and potential uses of drones with the surveillance and privacy concerns that arise simultaneously.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:02:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 40229 at http://wrvo.org Privacy vs. economic benefit, as Syracuse weighs drone use Hanna optimistic upstate New York will land drone test site http://wrvo.org/post/hanna-optimistic-upstate-new-york-will-land-drone-test-site <p>Upstate New York has a good chance of becoming one of six federally designated drone testing sites to be named later this year, says Rep. Richard Hanna. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:39:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 35243 at http://wrvo.org Hanna optimistic upstate New York will land drone test site Domestic drone industry may bring $443 million to New York http://wrvo.org/post/domestic-drone-industry-may-bring-443-million-new-york <p>New York state is poised to become one of the nation's leading economic beneficiaries of a burgeoning domestic drone industry, according to a new report from an industry trade group. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:04:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 34649 at http://wrvo.org Domestic drone industry may bring $443 million to New York Upstate New York bids to become federal drone testing site http://wrvo.org/post/upstate-new-york-bids-become-federal-drone-testing-site <p>A coalition of upstate New York universities and defense contractors has submitted a bid to become a federally designated testing and research site for the integration of unmanned aircraft systems, or&nbsp;UAS, into domestic airspace. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:50:06 +0000 Ryan Delaney 33643 at http://wrvo.org Upstate New York bids to become federal drone testing site We now go live on scene to... our drone? http://wrvo.org/post/we-now-go-live-scene-our-drone <p>Dan Pacheco is able to steer a small drone above a group of students with just a WiFi connection and his iPad. What the drone sees is projected onto a big screen in front of them. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:03:11 +0000 Ryan Delaney 32338 at http://wrvo.org We now go live on scene to... our drone? Drone Protesters on The Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/drone-protesters-campbell-conversations <p>Ann Wright and Kathy Kelly were both in Syracuse this week to be sentenced for their part in the protests against the MQ-9 Reaper drones in Afghanistan, which are being flown remotely from Hancock Field.&nbsp; Fri, 02 Mar 2012 18:38:55 +0000 Grant Reeher 15318 at http://wrvo.org