Denver International Airport, FAA meet on drone safety

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DENVER -- Federal Aviation Administration representatives and Denver International Airport managers are setting up the first-of-its-kind workshop to increase understanding about when, where and how you can fly unmanned aircraft systems.

“You cannot fly within five miles of any type of commercial or general aviation airport in the USA,” the FAA’s Joe Morra said. “It is also against the law to fly more than 400 feet above the ground with the drones.”

DIA is using a campaign the FAA has come up with to educate the public about the drones, and to also let the public know about the fines and jail time associated with unlawful use of them.

For serious breaches, fines can be $27,500 and if a drone interacts with an airplane, the sentence can be up to 20 years and a $250,000 fine.

Denver has had seven documented reports of drone activity on or near DIA. One was spotted at 3,660 feet, another was as close as 500 feet to an approaching aircraft.

The hope is the public service announcements will help the public understand how to operate the devices safely, without any interaction with manned crafts.

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