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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:40 AM

"FAA moves toward creating 6 drone test sites in US"

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FAA moves toward creating 6 drone test sites in US

JOAN LOWY | February 14, 2013 11:42 PM EST | AP
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WASHINGTON In a major step toward opening U.S. skies to thousands of unmanned drones, federal officials Thursday solicited proposals to create six drone test sites around the country.

The Federal Aviation Administration also posted online a draft plan for protecting people's privacy from the eyes in the sky. The plan would require each test site to follow federal and state laws and make a privacy policy publicly available.

Privacy advocates worry that a proliferation of drones will lead to a "surveillance society" in which the movements of Americans are routinely monitored, tracked, recorded and scrutinized by the authorities.

The military has come to rely heavily on drones overseas. Now there is tremendous demand to use drones in the U.S. for all kinds of tasks that are too dirty, dull or dangerous for manned aircraft. Drones, which range from the size of a hummingbird to the high-flying Globalhawks that weigh about 15,000 pounds without fuel, also are often cheaper than manned aircraft. The biggest market is expected to be state and local police departments.

The FAA is required by a law enacted a year ago to develop sites where civilian and military drones can be tested in preparation for integration into U.S. airspace that's currently limited to manned aircraft.

The law also requires that the FAA allow drones wide access to U.S. airspace by 2015, but the agency is behind schedule, and it's doubtful it will meet the deadline, the Transportation Department's inspector general said in a report last year.

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KoKo Feb 2013 OP
Earth_First Feb 2013 #1
MadHound Feb 2013 #2
RKP5637 Feb 2013 #3
ProgressiveProfessor Feb 2013 #4
KoKo Feb 2013 #5
KoKo Feb 2013 #6

Response to KoKo (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:43 AM

1. Out resident authoritarians will be pleased! nt

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:45 AM

2. Hmm, six places to go "skeet" shooting. PULL! n/t

 

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Response to MadHound (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:17 AM

3. Yep! I wonder if the stand your ground rule will apply, threatened by a drone! PULL! n/t

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 10:43 AM

4. The call for proposals just went out

Should be interesting to see which airports bid and which are selected.

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Response to ProgressiveProfessor (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:05 PM

5. Thanks ...do you have a link ..because some of us want to

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be there for the Comments. :shrug;

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Response to KoKo (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 09:39 PM

6. ...1

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