FAA moves to identify UAV integration test sites
By Gareth Jennings
The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a request for proposals (RfP) from state and local governments, eligible universities, and other public entities for the creation of six research and test sites throughout the country to develop the integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into controlled airspace, it was announced on 14 February.
The solicitation, which was made under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, aims to find suitable sites at which to conduct critical research into how best to safely integrate UAVs into the national airspace over the coming years and to determine what certification and navigation requirements need to be established to do so.
According to the RfP, the FAA's technical evaluation of submitted proposals will include consideration of geographic diversity, climatic diversity, location of ground infrastructure and research needs, population density, and air traffic density, as well as specific goals and objectives to be accomplished. The combined attributes across the test sites should provide the appropriate environment and opportunities to test UAVs, although each test site will not have to provide all attributes being sought.182 of 343 words
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