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Monday, 30 December 2013

Six U.S. states have trial sites for commercial drones

The U.S. Agency for Civil Aviation (FAA) announced that six states - would develop such sites - Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia. The operation is part of a development program and operational safety that should lead to the introduction of drones in U.S. airspace at the end of 2015.

The U.S. agency, which has received proposals from 24 states, argues that the selection of test sites was carried out according to criteria such as geography, climate, infrastructure, research needs, the use of airspace, as well as experience in aviation. "These test sites provide us with valuable information on how best to introduce this new technology safely in the sky of our country," said Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx.

Alaska offers particular climatic conditions while the State of New York brings an air congested environment in which it will be interesting to integrate the use of drones.

Primarily reserved for military use, the potential of UAVs is now estimated by the commercial environment. It interests environments such as real estate, agriculture and messaging. Several universities also expand their programs dedicated to drones.

The President of the FAA, Michael Huerta, argues that security would be the cornerstone of the approval of the industry without a pilot in the sky of U.S. aviation.

In 2015, the introduction of drones in American skies could be delayed, however. The U.S. government plans to allow some 7,500 drones in the next five years. Drones are already used in public services such as security, weather, weather forecasts and agriculture.

Studies commissioned by the industry predict that the development of this industry will create about 70,000 jobs in the first three years of authorization. A drone pilot could earn $ 85,000 to $ 115,000.

The League of American Civil Liberties stated that the presence of drones would bring the nation "a surveillance society in which the actions of everyone would be controlled registered spied and scrutinized by the authorities. "

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