The Aerospace States Association and the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) are pushing the FAA to expedite a plan to set up six test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
The FAA authorization passed this year requires the agency to plan for the integration of UAS by 2015, but the FAA has failed to meet an initial benchmark set for August. According to a letter by Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, chairman of the Aerospace States Association, to FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta, a number of states have expressed interest in applying and have already invested money and time into the effort.
Treadwell warns that delaying the implementation would mean "losing ground in an industry poised to deliver on job creation."
Click here to read Treadwell’s letter to Huerta.