FAA selects six unmanned aircraft test sites
Across the six applicants, the FAA is confident that the agency’s research goals of system safety & data gathering, aircraft certification, command & control link issues, control station layout & certification, ground & airborne sense & avoid, and environmental impacts will be met.
Each test site operator will manage the test site in a way that will give access to parties interested in using the site. The FAA’s role is to ensure each operator sets up a safe testing environment and to provide oversight that guarantees each site operates under strict safety standards.
From the start, the FAA recognized it was important to have requirements ensuring that privacy and civil liberties are protected at the test sites. Among other requirements, test site operators must comply with federal, state, and other laws protecting an individual’s right to privacy, have publicly available privacy policies and a written plan for data use and retention, and conduct an annual review of privacy practices that allows for public comment.
Under the current law, test site operations will continue until at least February 13, 2017.
For more information go to http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/uas/.