Special Report: Drones Flying in the Friendly City

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 From the Middle East, to the White House lawn, even right here in the Ohio Valley, it appears drones are buzzing just about everywhere.

When you hear the term “drone” many people instantly think of the terrorist hunting war machines being used in the Middle East.

WTRF.com‘s Nate Fluharty discovered there may be more in the air than you realize.

“This is a hobby, an expensive hobby. Its just fun for me, its just something to do that’s fun,” said Wheeling’s Marty Newman.

Newman has been working with drone technology for months, but added its far from easy to control.

“When the wind picks up they can definitely take a dive. You have to be really careful when you’re behind the controls,” added Newman.

Many people we spoke to were surprised to hear drones have been put to work in the Ohio Valley.

In East Wheeling, city developers had to inspect the new lighting system, but needed a bird’s eye view.

“It was really neat. Its a fascinating thing and its a great tool for something like what we were doing,” said Rusty Jebbia.

As Public Works Director for the City of Wheeling, Jebbia’s goal is to identify and fix problems, but he’s quickly discovering drones may be the answer to figuring out many fixes in the Friendly City.

“The possibility are endless with those things, especially with this type of application. Any time you need an aerial view of something or to look at an area, a structure, or wooded ares or looking for clearings, its endless as to what you could do with it,” added Jebbia.

Whether its helping light a new football field or survey uncharted lands, it appears these mini-sky machines may soon be landing in a neighborhood near you.

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