|NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel, |
Commissioner Adam W. Perry and Senator Charles E. Schumer
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.