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Airport officials remind drone pilots to register before going airborne during eclipse

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The total solar eclipse is less than three weeks away, and some Oregonians are planning to use drones capture the event.

Drone photography can be a fun hobby, but Salem city officials want to make sure users are being safe.

They are advising people to contact the Salem Municipal Airport if they are planning to fly during the August 21 eclipse.

Officials said it is important to be visible and up front about drone use.

"So, a lot of folks, you know, may not consider that their backyard or that their farm, you know, flying around that air space, is regulated air space, but it actually is,” airport manager John Paskell said. “So, it's important for folks to know that they're not flying illegally or unsafely."

Experts also said that drones weighing between a half-pound and 55 pounds must be registered with the FAA.

To register a drone and find more tips on flying, visit

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