NYS' 50-mile Drone Zone complete, testing now begins

Nov 13, 2019

Central New York’s emerging drone industry is taking some major steps forward, as construction of the infrastructure is complete for the unmanned traffic management drone corridor which runs from Syracuse to the Mohawk Valley.

Governor Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Israel to carry out what he said is an economic mission. However, Cuomo said the trip also has a personal focus.

Central NY drone corridor left out of national project

May 23, 2018
Payne Horning / WRVO News File Photo

The 50-mile drone corridor that the state is building in central New York will not be part of a new federal pilot program meant to accelerate drone integration into national airspace.

Brian Mann / NCPR

Drones are more popular than ever before. The small remote-controlled aircraft can take photographs and shoot video and they are getting easier and easier to use.

However, drones are also more and more controversial. Critics say their buzzing propellers are an unwelcome intrusion in wild lands that are meant to feel remote and natural.

New York State is now trying to figure out when and where these tiny aircraft should be allowed on public lands.

National Public Radio

Imagine discovering a convicted sex offender video recording your children from the next yard. That is a crime, right? Not in New York State.

USGS, FEMA assessing Lake Ontario flooding impact

Jul 13, 2017

U.S. Geological Survey scientists are using drones, radar and water-pressure sensors to track the effects of flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline to help emergency managers track and respond to historic levels of flooding.

Exploring Buffalo's architecture through a drone's lens

Jun 19, 2017
Christopher Hyzy

There are numerous books on the market that celebrate Western New York architecture. But one volume, by a local graphic artist, offers scenes of local landmarks through the lens of a drone.

Peace activists begin 2-week anti-drone walk

Oct 7, 2015
Victoria Ross

As weaponized drones become an increasingly common method of warfare, activists are speaking out against them.

Schumer proposes law to restrict where drones may fly

Aug 19, 2015
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Federal aviation officials say there have been more than 650 sightings of drones near planes so far this year. Senator Charles Schumer is  introducing a law he believes could help prevent one of those close encounters from turning disastrous.

Protestors to Falls air base: stop deadly drone attacks

Jun 3, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A small group of protestors lined up outside the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station on Wednesday. They were speaking out against the use of drones by the U.S. military, flown overseas and used in attacks while operated from domestic sites including the local air base.

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President Obama issued a memorandum today regarding the collection of personal data through the use of drones.

Schumer urges FAA, OMB to release drone regulations

Dec 8, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for immediate federal regulations for small drones. Schumer says he is urging the FAA and The Office of Management and Budget to expedite the release of rules for the unmanned aircrafts.

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New York State Senator Charles Schumer is calling for new federal regulations in governing the use of privately owned drone aircraft.


With talk of using drones in the not too distant future to deliver pizzas, packages and more,  former Amherst Supervisor Dan Ward says now is the time to regulate the technology.

Demonstrators picket on a range of issues

Aug 23, 2013
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

More than a dozen protestors rallied outside in a gated area across from Alumni Arena Thursday. Demonstrators were calling on the president to change his stance on a multitude of issues. The majority of protestors were there to urge the President to ban the controversial gas drilling practice known as hydrofracking.

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A protest against the military use of drones was held Friday at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

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There could be a new mission in the works for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

US Air Force officials have mentioned the possibility of locating a fleet of drones at the base. Details regarding the plan remain elusive, but the concept is getting support from Representative Kathy Hochul and Senator Charles Schumer.

It remains to be seen what this proposal could mean for the base's fleet of C-130 cargo planes and its staffing numbers.