Push to test controversial drones in Washington

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SEATTLE – A group of Washington based organizations will soon submit a final proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration to research and test unmanned aircraft at a facility in central Washington.

If approved, the Pacific Northwest Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Center will be one of six testing facilities in the United States.

The proposal identifies several locations in central and western Washington where testing may happen.

The goal is to advance the use of drones in search and rescue operations, crop management, and avalanche control.  The drones would also collect weather data and information about the snow pack.

A decision by the FAA is expected by December 31, 2013.

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  • Mr Holmes

    How many test facilities do you really need to test drones? Answer: One! This is just a way to sneek around the contriversal legal issues of having them fly over america. Corruption at its best. I trust homeless people more than i trust who is in charge of drones. Homeless folks dont have money and cant afford weapons and are a threat to no one. But highly armed unmaned drones are a threat to everyone. What the heck is the reason for that? Something real fishy going on. Bahhhahahahaha calling all sheeple WAKE UP!!! You cant really be that naive VOTE NO!! and tell everyone you know VOTE NO!!!


    This seems like a ploy to get drones accepted for 'innocent' uses. Then when the public accepts that, they will gradually move into populated areas, spying on the public from above. Then, armed drones….for use in 'emergencies' only…..of course!! Washington should be a drone-free state!

  • mike welch

    let starts off by saying I do Not want UAVs flying over head spying om me but please explane what UAVs have to do with homeless ?????????? weird comparson but whatever. we have been controled by the gov. for 100s of years they will do what they want to do voting no is great but if they want UAVs then the will have them weather you vote no or not voting is just a way to make you feel like your making a differance if voting really worked then obama would have never made it to office.

  • carolwilliams24

    Well, I believe when it comes to airspace there is enough space for air traffic and authorities like them can care less for it since they are aware of the situation that time will come like city streets traffic in the air is no similar. I guess they know what they're doing and already have a concept how to deal this air traffic…