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Briefing April 2013 Issue

Briefing: April 2013

Drones: Coming to the Skies Near You?

After months of delay, driven by widespread privacy fears more than safety concerns, the FAA said it will move ahead with plans to establish six test sites for unmanned aerial systems by the end of this year. “We expect to learn how unmanned aircraft systems operate in different environments and how they will impact air traffic operations,” said Administrator Michael Huerta. The goal is to establish procedures that will enable the FAA to safely integrate drones into the National Airspace System. Several states and research universities have expressed eagerness to develop a test site, citing the potential for economic development.

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