Brooklyn, N.Y.-based AEROBO Aerial Robotics says it is conducting New York City's first legal commercial drone flight today at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Taking place at 220 36th St., Industry City, Brooklyn, the flight is part of Rain Media's production to profile innovative companies in Industry City. Members of the public and press are welcome to attend and can access viewing stations to see what the drones are capturing in real time.
AEROBO (formerly AeroCine) received a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in January to fly drones for commercial purposes. The company also recently testified before Congress on behalf of the commercial drone industry.
For the flight, AEROBO will operate a cinema drone for the Rain Media production focusing on the tenants of Industry City, a Jamestown Properties investment located in Sunset Park. Other tenants likely to be profiled in the production include the Brooklyn Nets, MakerBot, Shyp, Cartesian, FilmRise and BaubleBar.
“The first commercial drone flight in New York marks a great day for the city and a great day for our industry,” comments Michael Drobac, executive director of the Small UAV Coalition.
Founded by New York University Tisch School alumni Brian Streem and Jeff Brink, AEROBO designs, builds and operates drones for clients in television, advertising, cinema, news, real estate, agriculture, construction and inspection.
“We have been working with the FAA to fly drones legally in New York City for the past two years,” says Streem, who serves as CEO. “We are excited to finally bring this technology to clients in our hometown. And as a film producer, I know that the shots we’re taking with these drones will transform cinema.”