SkyTeam pilots receive special training before drone takes flight

SkyTeam pilots Paul Nagy, left, and Bennet Siffrin monitor a drone flight in Huntington. (WCHS/WVAH)

On Monday, Eyewitness News launched our new SkyTeam drone. Our news gathering tool allows us to serve you better with a bird's-eye view on the big stories or even scenic shots.

The SkyTeam drone is operated by two promotions producers for WCHS-TV and Fox 11, Bennet Siffrin and Paul Nagy. Both had special training to operate SkyTeam.

"It's a little intimidating at first, but then it becomes an extension of yourself,” Siffrin said.

Siffrin and Nagy are certified with the Federal Aviation Administration and it takes both to launch, fly and record video or go live from the sky.

Siffrin said these skills didn't happen overnight.

"We had a three-day training course in Virginia. One day of classwork to learn the technical do's and don'ts. Then, we spent two days in the field learning the ins and outs,” he said.

While many newsrooms use helicopters to showcase an event, we believe a drone is better. The Eyewtiness News SkyTeam drone can get closer and more intimate shots. You will only see the SkyTeam drone here on Eyewitness News.

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