Central NY selected for test site for drone aircraft

Updated: 12/30/2013 12:46 PM
Created: 12/30/2013 11:31 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

The FAA announced that Central New York has been picked as one of six sites in the country to test drones with a goal of integrating them into the national air space.

It's not immediately clear if this will lead to more drone flights over central New York but the effort will be directed out of the Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York.

News10NBC is told this could lead to 470 jobs and a $180-million economic impact, according to officials with NUAIR -- an alliance of more than 40 public and private organizations that pushed to win this designation.

Senator Charles Schumer issued a statement saying, "Today's announcement, recognizing the NUAIR team as an official FAA test site, is a slam dunk for Central and all of Upstate New York. The strong coalition of academic, public and private sector partners from across the state helped make New York's application stronger than ever, and I made sure the FAA knew just how deserving New York-based NUAIR was for this designation. This unmanned air systems research and testing will usher in jobs while benefiting key industries, like agriculture and logistics. I have no doubt, that with this announcement, Central and Northern New York will become the Silicon Valley of unmanned systems advancements."

The other sites are in Alaska, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia.


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