Drones are being lauded as agents of job creation by backers in Rome, N.Y., selected by the Federal Aviation Administration as one of its six test sites for introducing unmanned aircraft into domestic airspace. At the same time, some residents fear drones will endanger safety and privacy. Lawrence Brinker, head of the NUAIR group that will conduct drone testing, says the worries aren't warranted. "An unmanned aerial system is the same as a manned system except we've taken the pilot from the aircraft and put him on the ground," says Brinker, executive director of NUAIR Alliance.

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