First drone store opens in Rhode Island

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The first drone shop in Rhode Island is open in Warwick, right next to T.F. Green Airport.

“Yeah that was kind of a strange decision,” said Christopher Williams, Owner Cloud City Drones. “We wanted to find a place that was easy to access.”

Williams opened the store two weeks ago, amid a growing concern that the technology will interfere with commercial airliners.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it has recorded more than 650 drone spottings by pilots through early August – more than double than last year.

“Drones have no place near airports at all,” added Williams. “We gotta keep people educated about not flying next to an airport. We don’t plan on doing any flying here. We fly inside the shop to give people an idea of what it’s like to fly indoors but that’s it.”

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian said Williams has already applied for a business license with the city.

“They won’t be treated differently than any other business looking to do business in the city. Just because of what they sell won’t impede their ability to open up shop and to do work. We talked to the airport today. They are very much in favor of new business moving into the neighborhood. They’re very excited about it,” Avedisian said.

Williams says he’s planning to have an official grand opening next week.

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