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No drones allowed at Newport Bermuda Race

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By Jennifer Petracca

Anyone attending the Newport Bermuda Race on June 20th and all competitors in the race must be aware that the use of drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems, UAS) are banned in Rhode Island and will not be allowed in the vicinity of the race.

Drones are considered a hazard to spectators, sailboats, and manned helicopters.

James Warcup, a Rhode Island Airport Inspector, issued a statement saying that The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) warns that UAS operators must request permission from the Federal Aviation Administration prior to operating any drone within Rhode Island.

Any use of drones in a public open air event violates Rhode Island’s Uniform Aeronautical Regulatory Act, resulting in a misdemeanor.

This was a growing concern with the increased popularity and use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for photography and video purposes.

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