Daytona Beach International Airport could become one of the Federal Aviation Administration's testing sites for unmanned drones.
the drones are different than the military aircraft that are armed and
used overseas, Channel 9’s Bianca Castro talked to an expert about the
potential safety risks.
The FAA wants to put small drones in the
central Florida sky by 2015. Airport officials in Daytona confirmed
it's looking at the possibility of becoming a site where the FAA will
test how to safely fly drones in the same area as traditional planes.
drones are typically controlled by operators inside a control room on
the ground. The airport is working closely with Embry Riddle
Aeronautical University on the project.
David Shulman has been
flying unmanned drones for years, and he said they could be used to help
fight fires or catch criminals on the run. Shulman said the drones
could even be used by real estate agents looking for a new marketing
But with new ideas come new concerns.
safety concern, I think, would be interfering with other aircraft in the
area, whether it be private or commercial,” said Shulman.
now, the FAA has banned the widespread use of drones. Now, however, it
will pick six test sites to fully integrate the aircraft into national
airspace in three years.
“There's always the risk of them exploding or crashing or colliding with other aircraft,” said concerned resident Belinda Fyfe.
Miami police recently obtained a permit to start using drones.
Supporter Shawn Rowell feels the benefits outweigh the risks.
“Probably doesn't worry any more than the pilots that are already flying already,” said Rowell.
The six programs chosen by the FAA will be up and running by the end of next year, officials said.