Amazon’s big “Prime Air” marketing was compelling enough, if not a bit misleading. It showed a future where commercial drones may take to the skies for dozens of reasons, but among them, home deliveries. Amazon of course still needs approval from the FAA and other government bodies, but now we’re starting to make some progress. The FAA on Monday announced six states where there are six testing sites for civilian drones.
The six sites/organizations include the University of Alaska, the state of Nevada, New York’s Griffiss International Airport, North Dakota Department of Commerce , Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). The sites were chosen following applications from 24 entities in 25 states, the FAA said.
“In totality, these six test applications achieve cross-country geographic and climatic diversity and help the FAA meet its UAS research goals of System Safety & Data Gathering, Aircraft Certification, Command & Control Link Issues, Control Station Layout & Certification, Ground & Airborne Sense & Avoid, and Environmental Impacts will be met,” the FAA said, describing each of the test categories.
Each of the sites are allowed to test until Feb. 13, 2017 under current rules.