Drones will not be seen in Grays Harbor as part of nationwide testing
The FAA today announced the selection of the six locations that will develop unmanned aircraft systems research and test sites around the country, and Washington was not included. This means that a drone testing zone off the coast of Grays Harbor will not be utilized.
The six test sites will conduct research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate drones into the national airspace over the next several years.
In selecting the six test sites, the FAA considered geography, climate, safety, risk, and other factors.
The sites chosen include; University of Alaska, State of Nevada, New York’s Griffiss International Airport, North Dakota Department of Commerce, Texas A&M, and Virginia Tech.
“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.
The FAA’s role in the program is to help the test site operators set up a safe testing environment and to provide oversight that ensures the sites operate under strict safety standards.
“Safety continues to be our first priority as we move forward with integrating unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. airspace,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We have successfully brought new technology into the nation’s aviation system for more than 50 years, and I have no doubt we will do the same with unmanned aircraft.”
For more information go to http://www.faa.gov.