Drone program operators discuss public surveillance, safety concerns

February 28, 2014 • Local News

Captain Russell Peck, CEO of Strategic Aerospace International Ltd., holds a press conference to announce the opening of unmanned aerial vehicle training at MISTIC, Friday. (Mark Wilson Photo)

Operators for a new program that will train pilots to operate drones from the Roswell International Air Center discussed concerns about public surveillance and safety Friday.

Officials announced the creation of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drone, pilot training center at MISTIC, a special 2,500-acre compound at the airport.

The new center is expected to begin training pilots on smaller drones possibly by May, said Capt. Russell Peck, chief executive officer of Strategic Aerospace International.

The program will begin training pilots on the smaller crafts, flying them during the daytime, inside the airport boundaries, Peck said.

“If you come out here, you might be able to hear them,” Peck said. “A safety pilot is looking at Login to read more

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