Kenai airport advises residents against nearby drone use

    The Kenai Municipal Airport is taking steps to prevent collisions between drones and airplanes as several close calls have been reported in the past year.

    KENAI, Alaska (AP) — The Kenai Municipal Airport is taking steps to prevent collisions between drones and airplanes as several close calls have been reported in the past year.

    The Peninsula Clarion reports that signs have been posted in public areas near the airport to discourage drone pilots from flying where they may interfere with incoming planes. Kenai's airport commission is also launching a campaign to bring awareness to the problem.

    Kenai Airport Manager Mary Bondurant says in an email that there have been three incidents of drones flying dangerously close to the airport since 2015.

    Officials are hoping the newly installed signs will make those who fly drones aware of federal rules that prohibit flying unmanned aircraft within five miles of an airport without permission.

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