Officials welcome FAA decision to test unmanned aircraft

6:18 PM, Dec 30, 2013   |    comments
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- Drone testing is coming to Virginia.

The FAA announced today that Virginia Tech is one of six test sites for drones.

It is the next step before we start seeing unmanned aircraft's flying over US skies. So far drones have been used primarily by the military.
But now the FAA is working on guidelines that would allow their commercial use.

"We expect unmanned aircraft systems will be extremely useful for agriculture, utilities, search-and-rescue missions, disaster response and a number of applications that will generate jobs, industry and add millions of dollars in revenue to state economies," said Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

It could take until at least 2015 before the guidelines are completed.

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