Sinclair Wins FAA Approval for Night Drone Operations

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SINCLAIR WINS FAA APPROVAL FOR NIGHT DRONE OPERATIONS
Is also selected for FAA’s Integration Pilot Program

Baltimore (June 5, 2018) – The FAA recently granted Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI) permission to fly its newsgathering unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) beyond daylight operations, a restriction to which most UAS operators are subject. The waiver was granted based on Sinclair’s demonstrated high standards of safety and risk mitigation. “Sinclair’s safety training and protocols go above and beyond the minimum’s required by the FAA, which is a big part of our success,” said Jeff Rose, Sinclair’s Chief Pilot and head of drone fleet operations. Sinclair currently operates the largest news-gathering drone program in the country, with almost 100 FAA certified and licensed pilots, and nearly 50 trained visual observers, operating at 40 stations and having logged over 6,000 flights to date. Rose continued, “A lot of breaking news happens at night, whether it is safety or weather related, and these exigent circumstances benefit from drone coverage.”

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