Local drone enthusiast reacts to new FAA regulations

Drone legislation. (WLUK/Amber Luckett)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Rules for small, unmanned aircraft's have been changed.

It comes after the Senate passed a Federal Aviation Administration Re-authorization bill last week.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) was one of the many supporters of this bill, which says federal authorities can shoot down or disable a drone that poses a threat to a building's security.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that ISIS is using drones on the battle field and they are becoming extremely sophisticated and anyone can use it," said Johnson. "It's a real concern and I'm just glad that we have given the authorities the ability to begin studying what we need to do to counter the use of them."

For some drone enthusiasts, like Bill Bongle, the new law is something he agreed with.

In a city like Green Bay where people travel from all across the world for the Packers games, Bongle said it's important to have certain regulations in place for drone users to keep the public safe.

"There is a need to protect these facilities. We have seen times where drones have driven over prisons and dropping contraband, there was an incident in San Francisco where a drone got in there and dropped leaflets," said Bongle.

At Lambeau Field it has always been prohibited to fly your drone one hour before or after a Packers Game. Doing so can result in a fine of up to $2,500.

"Any event that has 30,000 or more people there is something called a temporary flight restriction, that got put into place after 9/11," said Bongle. "I would like to make sure we reinforce the rules to remote pilots that they are aware of the rules and surrounds they are in."

Fox 11 reached out to the Green Bay Packers and the Green Bay Police Department for comment about the new law, but neither were available to comment.

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