Statement by Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion C. Blakey commending the announcement of the six test sites for unmanned aircraft systems research.
Arlington, Va. – The Aerospace Industries Association welcomes FAA’s selection of the six Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) test sites required by the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. This long awaited announcement will facilitate vital research, development and collection of performance data which is needed for the eventual integration of UAS into the National Airspace System.
With the recent release of the UAS Roadmap, comprehensive integration plan, and now today’s announcement, we are one step closer to realizing the full potential benefits of UAS. Key ingredients are in place for the public and private sectors to work together toward achieving the tremendous economic and public safety benefits offered by UAS technologies. It is time to roll up our sleeves and make civil UAS a reality.