(Christopher Robbins) Griffiss International Airport in Oneida County has been chosen by the FAA as one of six Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone) testing sites in the country. “Safety continues to be our first priority as we move forward with integrating unmanned aircraft systems into U.S. airspace,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says in a statement. “We have successfully brought new technology into the nation’s aviation system for more than 50 years, and I have no doubt we will do the same with unmanned aircraft.”
The release states that "the FAA has established requirements for each test site that will help protect privacy," in case you were worried about how powerful cameras attached to unmanned aircraft (why worry though?). Technically commercial drones are illegal, but the FAA kind of has its hands full an no one else has the jurisdiction to enforce the law. 1,428 public institutions received permits to use drones in US airspace—including the State Department, law enforcement agencies, and universities—and more than 300 of those permits remain active.
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