FAA UAS Test Sites Begin Search For Funding

By Graham Warwick
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
January 13, 2014

Now that the FAA has selected the six test sites that will conduct research to integrate civil unmanned aircraft systems into national airspace, the question being asked is: How will they pay for themselves? “Any way they can” is the answer, as there is no FAA budget to support the sites.

The test sites plan to raise funding from state sources, academic and industry partners, by competing for research contracts from federal agencies and charging for use of their test ranges—all in pursuit of the significant economic benefit forecast to come as the civil UAS market grows.

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