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Alaska Gets Drone Test Center

University of Alaska Fairbanks

The announcement that a University of Alaska lead consortium will run a Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aerial vehicle test center has triggered anticipation of new industry and income for Alaska and partner states Oregon and Hawaii.  Currently only the military and specially certified public and private entities can legally operate drones in the United States. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the UA testing program is among 6 across the country charged with helping integrate unmanned aircraft into national airspace.

Dan has been in public radio news in Alaska since 1993. He’s worked as a reporter, newscaster and talk show host at stations in McGrath, Valdez and Fairbanks. Dan’s experience includes coverage of a wide range of topics, from wolf control to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and dog mushing.