NBC Connecticut unveils DroneRanger fleet for newsgathering



NBC Connecticut/WVIT have unveiled “Connecticut’s only fleet of top-of-the-line UAS drones for broadcast,” known as DroneRanger.

The fleet will be used to capture “exclusive, close-up views of local breaking news and weather events that take place throughout the market,” with the goal of ultimately enhancing the station’s local news and weather coverage.
“Drone technology allows us to apply a unique perspective to every aspect of news coverage,” says Susan Tully, President and General Manager of NBC Connecticut.

“From capturing distinctive views of local news and weather events to changes in the seasons, nothing compares to the viewpoint from high above the New England landscape.”

Recently, the DroneRanger fleet was used to deliver “a bird’s eye view” of a fire that destroyed a local landmark, and the fleet helped the station deliver “a visual of local breaking news unlike any other station in the market,” according to Tully.

To make sure that the deployment of the DroneRanger fleet adheres to federal, state and local regulations, comprehensive testing of shots and locations throughout Connecticut were conducted by NBC Connecticut and a UAS operator called PhotoFlight Aerial Media.

David Weiner, CEO of PhotoFlight Aerial Media, is very happy with the partnership that the company has fostered with NBC Connecticut/WVIT.

"We are proud to partner with NBC Connecticut as their exclusive UAS drone operator and help the station integrate UAS drone technology, such as a live drone video feed, into its broadcast operations,” Weiner says.

“We look forward to working with WVIT to help the station deliver exclusive and unique views that only their exclusive DroneRanger fleet can provide.”

WVIT has become the first local television station in the Hartford, Connecticut market to utilize state-of-the-art UAS technology for its broadcast.

​To ensure that the UAS are operating in compliance with FAA regulations, a ground team of professional pilots and visual observers who maintain constant communication with WVIT producers inside the station work together, and this collaborative approach also makes sure that viewers are receiving “a unique experience through the lens of the drone fleet.”

Regardless of the device or platform, viewers can watch live aerial views of news on-air thanks to the fleet.

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