FAA Looking for Drone Test Sites

FAA Looking for Drone Test Sites

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Since: Apr 11

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#1 Jun 23, 2012
http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/aviati...

Don't know if your area would have any interest if so contact the FAA for more info.
The effort is being performed under the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2012. Allows the FAA to permit the use of drones and develop, regulations for testing and licensing by 2015.
The FAA predicts that by 2020 there could be up to 30,000 drones in operation.
Simplified

London, KY

#2 Jun 23, 2012
Don't suppose you could simplify what that means could you? What exactly are the drones to be used for?

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Since: Apr 09

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#3 Jun 23, 2012
Sure, We need those spy drones so the Gov/EPA can come Stick their noses in the polices business. uproot our gardens. Kill our little farm markets, Spy on our children and shoot our hunters (look they got guns)! Skynet... Sufferin' Succotash Sylvester!
wet yes

Mount Vernon, KY

#4 Jun 23, 2012
You mean something might actually fly into our airport? Arm them with sidewinders and methcooking detectors.Blow those scumbags trailerssky high.

“Enjoying Life's Mishaps”

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Since: Dec 09

Lost in Time

#5 Jun 24, 2012
Seems like nobody is using the white house, they are always away spending tax payers money. Knock it down and use the space for something else. It could become vacant the first of the year.
been there

Mount Vernon, KY

#6 Jun 24, 2012
Use that worthless airport for something and scare the crap out of the pot growers and methmakers. Im all for it. The bible isnt opposed to drones is it?

“It is what it is, folks!!”

Since: Feb 10

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#7 Jun 24, 2012
I have a piece of property they can use.(For a nominal fee)... Doesn't bother me one iota that they want to do this. They can place a remote docking/charging station on my roof for all I care.(Again, for a nominal fee of course).

As with everything, you have to weigh the good with the bad. Sure, there will be issues about invasion of privacy that people will cry "foul" on, but what is ahead for the world cannot be changed.(Progress and all, don't ya know).

Big brother has been watching us electronically in some form for well over 40 years already, and we had no voice in that closed door "yea or nay" session either... We're just little pawns in this big ol'game of political Chess... Satellites can already see your butt crack from space if that's what they want to zoom in on, so why not drones.

Little "skeeter" size drones. Yep, a recharge station on my roof is just fine with me... Or hummingbirds!(I find those more eye appealing).

I'd like to see every sex offender have one buzzing over their heads 24/7. I'd like to see every convicted drug manufacturer/dealers get one personally assigned to follow them. In major cities around the world, cameras are in place at red lights, street corners, stores, you name it. What's the difference if they start to 'fly' them remotely at this point and time? Truly, what's the difference?

I'm certainly not afraid of one peeking into my windows. No way they'd want to see my old wrinkly tail end anyhow, lol. I'm open for a contractual meeting should "anyone" out there want to discuss it, hehe. Not a problem from my perspective. Not a problem at all.

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#8 Jun 24, 2012
Ok, my personal preferences aside... At one time I was a aviation consultant. I have been in aviation for 30 years. When they mean test they mean TEST. The industry has not approved flight navigation rules or collision avoidance for these LARGE drones.If any aircraft had a incident or accident around somerset. Already scarce air traffic would really dry up at an already troubled airport. Out of fear. I found a little article that has some more information.

Currently, drones are not allowed to fly in the U.S. except with special permission from the FAA. The agency has said that remotely piloted aircraft aren't allowed in national airspace on a wide scale because they don't have an adequate "detect, sense and avoid" technology to prevent midair collisions.

Drones have entered the worldwide spotlight with the U.S. government's increasing reliance on the technology in combat. But as technology becomes more advanced and demand increases for using drones in the commercial world, the FAA has worked to ease restrictions. It aims for drones to be fully integrated into national airspace by 2015.

"Unmanned aircraft can help us meet a number of challenges, from spotting wildfires to assessing natural disasters," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. "But these test sites will help us ensure that our high safety standards are maintained as the use of these aircraft becomes more widespread."

In this year's FAA re-authorization legislation, Congress called for the agency to establish six drone test sites.

The FAA has asked the public to weigh in on issues such as "public versus private management of the sites, research activities and capabilities of the test areas, the requirements for test site operators, and the geographic and climate factors that should influence site selection."

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#9 Jun 24, 2012
Wiggington wrote:
Ok, my personal preferences aside... At one time I was a aviation consultant. I have been in aviation for 30 years. When they mean test they mean TEST. The industry has not approved flight navigation rules or collision avoidance for these LARGE drones.If any aircraft had a incident or accident around somerset. Already scarce air traffic would really dry up at an already troubled airport. Out of fear. I found a little article that has some more information.
Currently, drones are not allowed to fly in the U.S. except with special permission from the FAA. The agency has said that remotely piloted aircraft aren't allowed in national airspace on a wide scale because they don't have an adequate "detect, sense and avoid" technology to prevent midair collisions.
Drones have entered the worldwide spotlight with the U.S. government's increasing reliance on the technology in combat. But as technology becomes more advanced and demand increases for using drones in the commercial world, the FAA has worked to ease restrictions. It aims for drones to be fully integrated into national airspace by 2015.
"Unmanned aircraft can help us meet a number of challenges, from spotting wildfires to assessing natural disasters," U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. "But these test sites will help us ensure that our high safety standards are maintained as the use of these aircraft becomes more widespread."
In this year's FAA re-authorization legislation, Congress called for the agency to establish six drone test sites.
The FAA has asked the public to weigh in on issues such as "public versus private management of the sites, research activities and capabilities of the test areas, the requirements for test site operators, and the geographic and climate factors that should influence site selection."
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A couple points and I'll leave. Part of the testing will be new concepts and designs of the drones. Most will be smaller, wing span down to 9 feet. Three examples of testng they will look at is infrared cameras using SAR grids with the drone for individuals that are lost, drones that will fly the power grid system checking operational aspects then have manned helicopters do detail of problem or questionable area, unmanned survey of forest fires for possible evacuation and fire fighting aspects. These drones will fly specific missions only for the time needed for the mission and at a cheaper cost and with no manpower risks.
The FAA is looking for help in preparing permitting, regulations and test SOPs. What better way to become a test site with the possiblity of having a drone manufacturer build a facility near the test site.
Personally I have nothing to gain from thia activity, my sole purpose was to make the info available should the residents/local elected officials want to pursue the project.
With your background in aviation if there is interest maybe you can assist in their efforts.

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