Drones will not be allowed at upcoming race

Organizers of the Newport Bermuda Race, which takes place on June 20th, want to make spectators aware that the use of drones will not be allowed at the event.

The Rhode Island Airport Corporation Inspector issued a notification that the use of drones or Unmanned Aircraft Systems, which are growing in popularity for photography and video purposes, could provide safety concerns to aircraft.

Anybody wishing to use drones, in general, must request permission from the Federal Aviation Administration.

However, the use of drones at public open air event would violate Rhode Island's Uniform Aeronautical Regulatory Act and Aeronautics Regulation.

The RIAC will receive support from the Rhode Island State Police and local law enforcement to enforce the drone law.