The University of Alaska’s status as a Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aerial vehicle test center is official. Events in Anchorage and Fairbanks marked the start of operations Monday. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.
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.