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.
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.”