Utah, Nevada, Others Await FAA Drone Testing Decision

CBS Las Vegas

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials in Utah, Nevada and 22 other states are eagerly awaiting the Federal Aviation Administration’s selection of six drone-testing sites for the agency.

States submitting bids are counting on a major economic boost if they become a test site. They also hope it will set them up in the long term as major players in the burgeoning industry.

“We’ve worn out the edge of the seat waiting for it,” said Steve Hill, director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

Unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, have been mainly used by the military, but governments, businesses and even hobbyists are eager to start exploring possible uses for small unmanned aircraft.

The FAA does not allow commercial use of drones, but it’s is working to develop operational guidelines by the end of 2015. The testing sites will help the agency develop those rules and training…

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