drones

DRONE CRASH REPORT
12:29 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Crashed Air Force Drone was Flying with Gear that Couldn't Handle Cold

An MQ9 drone like this crashed into Lake Ontario last November.
Credit Ryan Delaney / Innovation Trail

  The remotely piloted Air National Guard drone that crashed last November into Lake Ontario was flying with equipment that likely couldn’t function properly in cold weather.   Besides some clouds on Nov. 12, 2013, Air National Guard crew members recalled to accident investigators that it was a nice day for flying.

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. 

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DRONE WARFARE
7:01 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Drone Protesters Trial Continues in DeWitt

Protesters demonstrate at the Hancock Air Base
Credit Upstate Drone Action

After nearly a three-week break, the trial for 16 protesters of drone warfare resumed Thursday at DeWitt town court.  The defendants, known initially as the Hancock 17, were arrested in October of 2012 after they blocked three gates at Hancock Air National Guard Base.  

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NUAIR Drone Testing
6:33 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

CNY Alliance, Griffiss Airport Win Federal Drone Testing Site

One of the types of commercial and government drones that might be tested at the new site, awarded to local consortium NUAIR.
Credit NUAIR.org

  Griffiss Airport in Rome has been awarded one of six test sites for drones that could bring more than a thousand jobs and $ millions in local revenues from Syracuse to Rome to Watertown. 

The Federal Aviation Administration made the announcement of unmanned aircraft national test sites today.  Utica-area congress member Richard Hanna worked for three years with Griffiss, Centerstate C-E-O and a coalition of other companies on the bid that could help people and the region.

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DRONE DEBATE
2:17 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Drones Over Syracuse and Upstate NY? FAA Talks to Syracuse Lawmakers

Drone discussion in Syracuse at City Hall
Credit Maximillian Eyle / WAER News

Discussion about the future use of drones in Upstate New York was flying back and forth at Thursday's Common Council Meeting.   Syracuse meets the requirements to serve as an F-A-A test site for these unmanned vehicles. Centerstate C-E-O’s Deb Warner explains NUAIR’s intent.

“The FAA test sites are focused on one thing, mainly: safety. The job of these test sites is to do research and collect data for the FAA so that remotely piloted vehicles and their systems can be safely integrated into the national airspace.”

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Drone protest
9:10 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Dozens of arrests at large protest against unmanned, armed drones at Syracuse's Hancock Field

Protestors line Thompson Road Sunday, April 28th.

Valerie Crowder reports on arrests at drone protest

About 250 anti-war protestors from across New York and several other states rallied at Hancock Air National Guard base Sunday to protest the military’s use of armed drones.  The demonstrators wore long, black robes, carried fake coffins, and held pictures of innocent victims of drone strikes as they solemnly walked along Thompson Road to the base’s gates.  They tapped drums and chanted “arrest the war criminals.” 

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