Feds pick Alaska for drone test site

Alaska is among six states chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration to develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies.

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by Associated Press

LAS VEGAS- Alaska is among six states chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration to develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said Monday that Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the research sites, providing diverse climates, geography and air traffic environments. Eighteen other states were considered.
Huerta said In choosing Alaska, the FAA cited a diverse set of test site locations in seven climatic zones.
At least one of the six sites chosen will be up and running within 180 days, Huerta said, while the others are expected to come online in quick succession.
The designations don't come with a financial award from the government.