Thursday, March 8, 2012

Test site selection starts

The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking public comments on the agency's selection process for picking six unmanned aircraft system test sites around the United States. Comments are due by May 9. The FAA is required to create the sites based on language in both a defense spending bill and the FAA reauthorization bill. The test sites will help the FAA develop the regulatory framework to govern the widespread use of UAVs in the national airspace. Congress called for full integration of unmanned systems into the national airspace by 2015. (Sources: Los Angeles Times, 03/08/12 Space War, 03/09/12) Previous related posts: Shelby picked for Guard UAV center; Mississippi player in growth field; Drones in national airspace?