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"In addition to data validation and system operating feedback, we're also playing a key role for HoneyComb because only public institutions can sponsor current UAS flights," Wing said. "We were the first public institution in Oregon to be registered with the FAA."
He said the timing is ideal and Oregon is well positioned to grow its fledging UAS industry.
"The potential is incredible," Wing said. "Winning the FAA national test site competition and having three areas located in Oregon is a real advantage for our state, which is a hotbed of UAS startups and research."
The State of Oregon recently launched the Oregon Unmanned Aerial Systems Business Enterprise, a new Oregon InC initiative aimed at helping make Oregon a leader in civilian UAS development and foster UAS-related economic activity in the State.
HoneyComb was selected as one of 15 Showcase Companies at the Clean Tech Forum in San Francisco last week and ultimately won the Judge's Choice Award in the Entrepreneur Showcase. The company is also one of five semi-finalists selected to compete in the final round in OEN's Angel Oregon Spring 2014 Investment Term in April.