Thu January 2, 2014

Anti-drone activist worries about drone test site in N.Y.

Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

On Monday, New York won one of six 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.

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Mon December 30, 2013

New York wins federal drone testing site designation

A prototype drone from Propulsive Wing in Elbridge, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

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.

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Mon September 16, 2013

Schumer joins lobbying effort for upstate NY drone test site

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks in support of upstate New York becoming a federally designated drone testing site.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

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Thu August 1, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse airport receives federal grant

Hancock International Airport
City of Syracuse/Department of Aviation

Syracuse's Hancock Airport is getting a $4.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration that officials say will help keep flights on time.  Airport Commissioner Christina Callahan says the funds will pay for a new taxiway, and area where diverted planes can go.

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Mon March 25, 2013

Hanna optimistic upstate New York will land drone test site

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld), right, is a member of the House "drone caucus."
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

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Wed February 20, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Upstate New York bids to become federal drone testing site

Joe Kummer, president of Propulsive Wing in Elbridge, N.Y. demonstrates his prototype unmanned aerial vehicle.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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 UAS, into domestic airspace.

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