Drones Will Be Tested in Six States

A key step in bringing commercial unmanned aerial vehicles to U.S. airspace

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The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that six states will host test sites for drones, a major step toward allowing the commercial use of drones in U.S. skies.

The six states chosen by the FAA are Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia, the Associated Press reports.

“These test sites will give us valuable information about how best to ensure the safe introduction of this advanced technology into our nation’s skies,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement.

The FAA does not currently allow the commercial use of drones, though they are in use by the military, law enforcement and for university research. Businesses, farmers and others have been clamoring for new drone regulations from the FAA, which officials say could come as early as the end of 2015.

[AP]

12 comments
LenSimpson
LenSimpson

They will of necessity, be autonomous & follow clearly defined electronic routes , otherwise it will be hennypenny 

CesarBorgia
CesarBorgia

I foresee booming sales of skeet guns.


Over/under or semi-auto?

curt3rd
curt3rd

Speaking of drones.  I dont see the "morning must reads"anymore. Where does hive gather to pat each other on the back now days?

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

There is probably some useful purpose for this technology but I can't help but feel the bad will outweigh the good. It boggles the mind to consider the number of ways these things can be used for increased surveillance and tracking of people, and not just criminals.

notsacredh
notsacredh

These are not the droids you're looking for. Move along.

Dashpound
Dashpound

I've never been to North Dakora....

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

So they selected two states with highly-populated areas and four with large areas of "nothing".  They did stay clear of states where their Game and Fish Commissions might put a bag limit on them.  Does the FAA clearance include Native American reservations in any of those states? In Texas, aren't they already in use along the Mexico-USA border?  Palin will be able to use one to keep an eye on Russia from her front porch although why would be a good question. I would hope that the New York state approval specifically excludes the New York City area. I am surprised that Virginia is on the list and I hope they excluded the DC metro area including the counties in Virginia around the DC-metroplex.

DeaconGray
DeaconGray

@CesarBorgia I can see it now "UPS, hey where is my package?" UPS Call center "It looks like it made it to your property, but someone shot it out of the sky...was it that new computer you ordered?"

reallife
reallife

@curt3rd they probably read the title and turned tail(not that there is anything wrong with that)





Yoshi
Yoshi

@ARTRavelerThey aren't "testing" anything. This isn't new tech. This is the "roll-out" of the next leg of the surveillance state apparatus. The real testing was done over seas over the last decade or so.