NFTA Transporter

Monday, December 8, 2014

Senator Charles Schumer at the Buffalo Airport

NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel,
Commissioner Adam W. Perry and Senator Charles E. Schumer
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer held a press conference at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Monday, Dec. 8 to call attention to drone use in and around airports. Schumer asked the Federal Aviation administration and the Office for Management and Budget to move forward with rules governing the use of small, unmanned aircraft.

Schumer chose the BNIA because of two recent incidents involving drones near the facility. Authorities at the BNIA reported seeing drones on August 18 and again on Sept 4.

“The activity occurred over the intersection of the two runways,” said William R. Vanecek, director of aviation. He explained that, while there is a very slim chance the unmanned aircraft could strike one of the manned aircraft utilizing the airport, the fact is they simply don’t belong anywhere near the airspace.

A lack of clear rules is Senator Schumer’s primary concern. The federal government has not yet issued definitive restrictions and it has lead to confusion and abuse. Additional direction would be an improvement for law enforcement and the traveling public.