In a 5-2 vote Tuesday, the Fort Wayne City Council approved an ordinance that requires drone operators to notify the city police department of plans to fly in specific areas and during large public events.
“The idea of the ordinance is to craft a notification requirement for flights that occur in the downtown area and then in and around city permitted public events,”Fort Wayne PoliceLt. Jonathan Bowers said. “So those places where there’s the highest public safety threat and risk to people.”
Under the ordinance, drone operators who wish to fly downtown or during a large public event such as the Three Rivers Festival would have to fill out a form located on the city website with their name, address, telephone number and an explanation of the purpose of the drone flight. The documentation is meant to be nonprohibitive and give the police department knowledge of who is flying at any given