FAA is pushed to name drone test sites

09/26/2012 | Washington Times, The

The deadline for the Federal Aviation Administration's release of six sites where unmanned aircraft could be tested passed six weeks ago, and the sites remain unnamed. State officials and representatives of the drone-development industry fear that further delays may cause the U.S. to fall behind in developing the technology. "While the U.S. has led the way in the field of aviation since the Wright brothers first took flight nearly 110 years ago, we currently find ourselves in jeopardy of losing our global advantage," Alaska's lieutenant governor, Mead Treadwell, wrote in a letter to the FAA. The FAA attributes the delay to ongoing questions about safety and privacy.

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