FAA Announces Test Locations for Drone Integration Pilot Program
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced ten sites in the United States will begin testing the expanded capabilities of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drones through their UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP). Tests will vary by location and are expected to include the use of UAS as inspection devices for hard to reach infrastructure, as inspection devices for runways to ensure they are free from debris, and as delivery devices.
The IPP was announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and FAA in October with the aim of providing an opportunity for state, local, and tribal governments to partner with private sector organizations to work towards comprehensive and safe UAS integration. Data collected from the test will be used by the FAA to measure how to balance local and national government interest with respect to UAS. The cities of Fairbanks, AK; Memphis, TN; Reno, NV; San Diego, CA; Topeka, KS; the Choctaw Nation, OK, as well as the states of North Carolina, North Dakota, Virginia, and the Lee County Mosquito Control District in Florida have been selected to participate. For additional information on IPP click here.
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