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Jan. 28, 2020

Drone operators, businesses, invited to learn details on safe commercial drone flight at two Iron Range open houses Jan. 31

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Current and potential drone pilots, business owners and others are encouraged to attend information sessions that will present essential information needed to safely fly any drone used for business purposes in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will host information sessions in Virginia and Hibbing on Friday, Jan. 31:

  • Virginia Public Library auditorium, from noon to 1 p.m., 215 S Fifth Ave., Virginia
  • Hibbing Memorial Building Arena, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., 400 E 23rd St., Hibbing

Those attending either session will learn about the aircraft registration process, FAA rules and restrictions, and MnDOT’s use of drones. MnDOT drone experts will provide a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

“As business use of drones expands, safety becomes even more critical to the growing drone industry,” said Tony Fernando, MnDOT Office of Aeronautics. “These information sessions will help those who currently fly drones, contract for drone services, or are considering using drones as part of their business, better understand current rules and best practices of safe commercial drone operation.”

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). Alternatively, send an email to janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us.

For more information about drones, see MnDOT’s website: mndot.gov/aero/drones.