Local airport adopts FAA regulations on use of drones

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The Capital Region International Airport has seen more drones flying around than usual and all that is soon about to change.

Last night the airports authority board unanimously approved a plan to update their original regulations and adopt FAA issued regulations whether it is for civil, commercial or personal use.

New regulations say drones cannot be used within a five mile radius of the airport. That stretches as far as East Lansing and Grand Ledge unless the FAA gives permission. People would also be required to have certification or register their drones and be a licensed pilot.

The airport’s CEO says violators will face consequences. Drones have already created safety hazards here in Michigan. Earlier this month the State Capitol Commission banned drones from being flown over the Capitol building.

To take a look at those FAA rules and regulations for yourself just click on the Seen on 6 section of our website.

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