FOX 25 Becomes First Boston Station To Use Drones
(Note: The following information was submitted by WFXT-TV.)
WFXT-TV FOX25 News made history Thursday, becoming the first Boston station to use a drone for news coverage. The station launched it over a New England orchard, showing the incredible fall foliage with pilot Roland Boucher at the controls.
The inaugural flight for the station came after more than a year of planning and safety considerations, which led to the Federal Aviation Administration approving drone use for FOX25 and all Cox Media Group stations. “Our company has been working diligently on this initiative, so our stations can give viewers a new, unique perspective in our news coverage,” said WFXT Vice President and General Manager Tom Raponi. “We are looking forward to using this valuable storytelling resource while following all federal rules and regulations.”
Drones show different vantage points that would be impossible to see from the ground or even from the SkyFOX helicopter. FOX25 and its owners, Cox Media Group, wanted to use drones as a news gathering tool. All of FOX25’s drone flights will comply with state and federal laws and operate at a safe altitude. The flights will happen far from airports and crowds, and there will be a trained pilot at the controls. FOX25 and Cox Media Group stations will continue working with the FAA to help establish permanent rules and regulations for drones by demonstrating their safe and effective use.
FOX25 News is looking forward to bringing informative and amazing images to the viewers from a unique perspective.