What makes the WDRB Drone-Cam safer than other drones? - WDRB 41 Louisville News

What makes the WDRB Drone-Cam safer than other drones?

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a look at bridge construction like we've never seen before. Today, WDRB unveiled its new WDRB Drone-Cam.

It weighs 12 pounds, is equipped with a high-definition camera and provides a fresh perspective on the world.

"I think it's going to be revolutionary in the TV news business," said Ron Futrell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Las Vegas-based Avisight.

The first test of the WDRB Drone-Cam was documenting the Ohio River Bridge Project. But what you didn't see was this team of three on the ground: pilot, spotter and safety engineer. 

"[You can] get angles that, quite frankly, you can't get with a helicopter," Futrell said. "Lower angles without being too intrusive."

Drones are becoming a part of everyday life -- and the views vary on how close is too close. Earlier this year, a Bullitt County man shot down a drone over his home, calling it an invasion of privacy. Weeks later, police charged a UK football fan after a drone crashed into Commonwealth Stadium. 

But this is different. 

"The negative stories with drones in the news that you heart about typically those are people going rogue," Futrell said. "Haven't gone through the proper process with the FAA."

Our partner, Avisight, is the first company in the United States to get an exemption from the FAA to fly a drone for electronic news gathering. It cleared a four-month, 400-page application process. 

"They want all sorts of information on how you're going to do this safely and responsibly," Futrell said.

The unmanned aircraft is in the hands of a licensed pilot who formerly flew for the U.S. military. That enables us to make the WDRB Drone-Cam the first to offer live video anywhere in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio or Tennessee, 

"I think a drone is a great tool help us tell stories in a better way...to take the viewers and give them an experience that they've never seen before," said WDRB News Director Barry Fulmer.

It's a fresh perspective on the world around us, furthering our commitment to tell stories that count at WDRB News. 

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