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County shapes law for no-drone zones

By TODD McADAM
Associate Editor
tmcadam@cortlandstandard.net

If you hear what sounds like ahorde of angry bees buzzing past you at insanely high speeds — in February, it’s not a bunch of African killer bees in parkas. It’s probably a drone. And Cortland County is looking toregulate them.
Cortland County Attorney Karen Howe approached the county Highway Committee this week for guidance on how to complete a draft of a law to regulate drone zones in Cortland County.
Federal Aviation Administration regulations already require a drone pilot to notify any airport and get permission if flying within 5 miles of its fields, and to register drones that weigh more than 0.55 pounds, or about 9 ounces, upto 55 pounds.
Under FAA regulations announced in December, owners who previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model aircraft before Dec. 21 must register the vehicle with the FAA by Tuesday. Owners of drones used as a model aircraft after Dec. 21 must register before the first flight outdoors.

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