FOX23 becomes first Tulsa station to launch FAA approved newsgathering drone

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TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

 

  • FOX23 used a drone to capture flooding footage Monday.
  • They are the first news station in Tulsa certified to fly a drone for a newscast.
  • FOX23 will comply with FAA guidelines, and use the device to bring more coverage to viewers.

 

FOX23 has become first Tulsa news station to become certified to use a drone for a newscast.

FOX23 took a DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone up to get a bird’s eye view of some of the flooding problems around Green Country Monday.

This makes FOX23 the first local station to be cleared by the FAA to fly drones. Part of that approval requires a licensed pilot to fly the drone, which put Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott at the controls.

FOX23 will comply with FAA guidelines and focus on safety while using drones.

Drone technology will allow FOX23 to aerially capture footage that other aircraft cannot, allowing the station to offer viewers different perspetives of major news events.

The inaugural flight for the station’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) came after more than a year of planning and safety considerations, which led to the Federal Aviation Administration approving drone us for FOX23 and all Cox Media Group stations. “We’re giving our viewers a perspective of the day’s major events like they’ve never had before,” said Greg Bilte, Vice President and General Manager of KOKI-TV and KMYT-TV. “Every day we promise to cover news that matters, this new technology will help us do that for our viewers.”

FOX23’s sister stations in Atlanta, Boston, Jacksonville, Memphis and Orlando have all taken flight. 

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