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Thu Feb 14, 2013, 04:36 PM

FAA seeks proposals to create six US drone test sites

Source: Reuters

The Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday asked for proposals to develop six research and test sites for unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, around the United States.

Congress directed the FAA in 2012 to establish the program to conduct critical research into how best to safely integrate the unmanned aircarft into the national airspace.

Under the FAA proposal each test site operator must ensure that its privacy policies conform to Fair Information Practice Principles, a framework at the core of numerous federal and state privacy laws.

A 60-day public comment period is planned, and during that time FAA plans an online listening session to solicit additional comments on its proposed privacy steps.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/14/us-usa-drones-idUSBRE91D1HH20130214

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 05:18 PM

1. May I humbly suggest the NRA headquarters?

Just kidding...

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 06:57 PM

2. And may I suggest...

FAA that you worry about getting the 787 back in the air...and making sure that our congested
airports have the best safety systems...and on and on and on...and worry less about getting into
the surveillance and killing business.

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 07:27 PM

3. How about those in the reddest cities of the red states

 

For starters.

They can have their toys and see it for themselves.

Just make sure the drones are extremely noisy enough for them.

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Response to Hard Assets (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:39 AM

12. Idaho - Senate approves measure to encourage drone test site

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:40 PM

4. Just microchip everyone and get it over with.

This creeping fascism is getting REAL OLD.

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Response to blkmusclmachine (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 14, 2013, 08:48 PM

5. Really. Just bar code us and get a chip in us. We are almost there anyway.

 

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:20 AM

6. I can't find it in today's Federal Register. Maybe it's scheduled for publication Fri or Mon?

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:54 PM

8. "States fight for drone biz" Salon Article.. NC State is mentioned...

(Here's article from May 2012 (which seems like old news..but came up on Google) with some states mentioned...since I think you are NC...you like, myself, would be interested to see NC State mentioned in the full article at the link)
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States fight for drone biz
Six UAV test sites are up for grabs -- and state governments are eager to get their hands on them
By Jefferson Morley

More than a dozen state governments across the country are scrambling to get into the drone business with the expectation that unmanned aviation will create new jobs in the near future.

This summer, they will begin competing for approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to run one of six unmanned aviation test sites around the country. Mandated by Congress earlier this year, the test sites are intended to demonstrate that unmanned vehicles can be integrated safely and quickly into U.S. airspace.

The domestic drone market is still small. In 2012, the civil unmanned aviation vehicle (UAV) market will account for only 1.4 percent of the $7 billion-plus drone industry, according to a recent industry survey. This year 98.6 percent of all UAV spending will pay for military applications. But the burst of interest in funding the establishment of the UAV test sites indicates many businesses and elected officials expect that to change soon.

The scope of the states’ plans emerge from more than 200 public comments submitted to the FAA earlier this year.

http://www.salon.com/2012/05/30/states_fight_for_drone_biz/

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Response to KoKo (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:02 AM

9. I want the FR notice so I know what the 60 day public comment period will be

Here's a pdf skeleton of the request for comments, without dates:

http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/uas/media/UASTS_RFC_FR_notice_2-14-2013.pdf

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 10:44 PM

7. Good....Thanks...another part of it. If FAA does a "Comment Period"

in any of our states we should be there speaking out our opinions.

However we know in many states folks either don't have newspaper delivery or they don't read article in time to get to this "Comment Period."

So...those in those states who read DU might have a HEADS UP!

Thanks for that link about what the FAA will be doing in coming to those states for Comments.

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Response to KoKo (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:04 AM

10. My current impression is that they're not planning any public meetings to receive comments

but expect folk to submit them in writing

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