Sinclair Broadcast Group reaches 10,000 drone flights milestone


Sinclair Broadcast Group has reached 10,000 logged drone flights.

As part of a program launched in 2016, the group operates drones for 45 Sinclair Newsrooms across the US.

The company has 108 FAA Part 107 certified drone pilots and 64 trained visual observers in newsrooms and creative services department.

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It completed the 10,000th flight on January 30 as part of an assignment for a news report for NBC 15 (WPMITV) in Mobile, Alabama.

The drone was commanded by Robby Hughes from Sinclair’s ABC 3 (WEAR-TV) in Pensacola, with visual observer Jan Czernik stationed in Mobile.

Sinclair says drones have allowed it to further enhance its existing news teams.

Scott Livingston, Sinclair’s senior vice president of news, said: “We continue to be an industry leader with our cutting-edge drone journalism. We’re proud of our drone journalists across the country who provide our viewers with a unique visual perspective on significant local stories.

He added: “The possibilities of drone journalism are endless – whether it’s for local stories, special events, or footage for our new channel SOAR, available on our streaming service STIRR, we continue to find interesting ways to deploy this technology to bring viewers an enhanced experience.”

Sinclair expands their drone program regularly, with 10 stations getting their own drones last year.

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