The Issue:FAA Required to SelectSix UAS Test Sites
President Obama signs legislation requiring the FAA to select six
UAS test sites by the end of the year (
FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012;National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2012
The purpose of the sites is to conduct research, collect data, etc. for 5 years in
order to begin to
integrate unmanned vehicles and systems into the
National Airspace (NAS)
These sites are where the industry will proliferate, where jobs will be created andwhere research and testing will be conducted. Companies, jobs and private andpublic sector investment will be attracted to these sites.
New York State, particularly Upstate, and the Commonwealth of Massachusettshave the assets and expertise to be selected as one of these sites.