Alpine Says 'No' To Drones

Alpine Says 'No' To Drones

Brian Wise

ALPINE - On Tuesday night, the Alpine City Council voted against having drones launch from the Alpine Airport.

Ron George, Senior Research and Representative from Texas A&M, came to talk to Alpine about what drone testing would entail.

"Our plans include securing hangar space and storage at the airport in order to provide services for outside clients which will include university researchers and private sector developers of UAS technologies. We also plan to use the airport for integrated launch and recovery of unmanned aircraft as well as chase planes required by the FAA for UAS operations beyond visual line of sight," George said to the City Council.

NewsWest 9 asked residents of Alpine what concerned them about drones. Oscar Cobos, a local resident, started a petition in the last few weeks to collect signatures of residents who don't want drones in Alpine.

"No liability issues can be brought up against them and any laws. Death, no economic benefits to the community," Cobos said.

But the city council voted against it. George says the high-altitude airspace above Alpine has been chosen for testing but it was up to the city to decide whether or not to allow drones to launch from Alpine.