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You Can Now Fly A Drone Closer To CVG

By clicking on the AirMap app pilots can see the new rules and how to navigate the area.
By clicking on the AirMap app pilots can see the new rules and how to navigate the area.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now allowing drones within the previously restricted five miles of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and 49 other airports. To ensure safety, CVG has added an extra layer of security.

The FAA change involvesthese airportsin a pilot program it is evaluating for "near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests."

CVG Spokeswoman Mindy Kershner says it's as easy as asking permission on the AirMap app. What used to take up to 90 days is approved quickly. CVG has more information at this website. http://www.cvgairport.com/about/contact/drones

In addition, CVG wants to make sure its air traffic controllers work in collaboration with the FAA to monitor drones. Kentucky HB540, the airport safety law, requires coordination in critical areas of the airport, primarily the ends of runways during takeoff and landing.

According to Kershner, "The legislation allows for enforcement. So local law enforcement, if they see a drone flying in the area, can make sure it's either approved, the FAA knows about it and if not, it can make sure it can stop that operation in those areas."

CVG worked on the legislation with State Representative Diane St. Onge and other Kentucky airports.

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With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.