Firm cleared for drone flights in locations around New York

February 9, 2018 By    

Brand-News-Team can use drones to help produce marketing material for propane retailers. Photo by Allison Barwacz

Brand-News-Team Inc., a digital communications and public relations firm that works with propane retailers, was granted authorization to fly a drone in federally controlled airspace in multiple locations around the state of New York.

Brand-News-Team has worked with Mulhern Gas, a New York-based propane retailer, using drones to produce marketing material.

The communications and public relations company applied for permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly in sections of airspace located within five miles of airports near Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, the Capitol Region, Hudson Valley, Long Island and New York City.

“This opens the door to legally fly in so many more locations including within controlled airspace located within five miles of airports around the state such as Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and Westchester,” says Roger Rosenbaum, president of Brand-News-Team and a licensed drone pilot. “We aren’t going to interfere at all with manned air traffic as the parameters of the drone flights are predetermined by the (FAA) through a process that mitigates risks.”

The company says it plans to use the airspace access for propane retailer clients, creating visual branding and aerial storytelling, with high-dynamic range photographs and 4K-quality video, for their operations.

“Brand-News-Team has a strong track record of success working with propane marketers. This is just another tool to help propane clients showcase their competitive advantages,” says Rosenbaum.

According to the company, gaining the permission took months and involved filing individual requests on the FAA’s online portal. Additionally, the company says it is covered by commercial aviation drone insurance.

“We take safety very seriously when sharing the national airspace. Our propane clients follow regulations and so do we,” Rosenbaum says.

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Joe McCarthy was an associate editor at LP Gas Magazine.

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