NBCRightNow.com - Washington state is
competing for one of six testing sites where the Federal Aviation Administration
will test drones. The testing would be
based at Grant International Airport in Moses Lake.
The FAA plans to conduct research and tests at
the sites to figure out how to integrate the unmanned aircrafts into U.S. air
traffic. They will also be used for spotting wildfires, tracking wildlife,
avalanche control and other uses.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
(PNNL) is backing the proposal and plans to manage the site.
"There's a lot of opportunity for us to work with private industry, to help
advance that technology and create the opportunity for these new and impactful
applications, and we're very interested in being apart of that," said Steve Stein, the Senior Program Director at
Washington is 1 of 37 states vying for one of
the test sites.
The FAA plans to make a decision on the
locations by the end of the year.