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Local Aerial Robotics Expert Featured on CNN

Gary Graf and his business partner flew a remote-controlled flying "Superman" plane, and CNN picked up the video.

Gary Graf's name is not new in the local media: The Three Village resident has been featured in Three Village Patch and Newsday for his work in remote-controlled aerial technology. He has produced aerial videos of the Vietnam Veterans memorial in Farmingville and the local landscape in Setauket, among others.

Now, Graf has made it into the scope of national media. He was featured in a recent segment on CNN for work he and colleague Otto Dieffenbach did in creating and flying a remote-controlled "Superman" plane, which measures 62 inches long and weighs 30 ounces.

"It was a lot of fun doing the CNN interview," said Graf, who has also done work for Vanity Fair and "Saturday Night Live."

To watch the full story from CNN, click here.

Graf, a 1982 Ward Melville graduate who has also owned an asphalt seal coating business for the past 20 years, said he is self-taught when it comes to aerial robotics.

"It’s a lot of fun and I’m in a very fortunate position because the technology is just evolving," he said. "There’s so many different aspects it can be used for."

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