FAA authorizes drone use for mosquito control in the Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District plans to use two drones to search for standing water in remote spots.

The Key West Citizen reports (http://bit.ly/1rFHePw ) that it’s the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized drones for mosquito control in the U.S.

The district’s executive director, Michael Doyle, says the drones only will fly between Sugarloaf and Key Largo to avoid coming with 5 miles of the airports in Key West and Miami.

Doyle said the district is concerned about a proposed Key West ordinance that would ban all drones within city limits unless an owner has permission from the FAA to fly a drone. Doyle says that ordinance doesn’t address the potential risk of drones colliding with district helicopters that can fly low over the ground.

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Information from: The Key West (Fla.) Citizen, http://www.keysnews.com