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Oregon Among FAA Drone Testing Sites

OPB | Jan. 3, 2014 12:30 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 3, 2014 2:24 p.m.

An aerial drone used by the USGS to monitor erosion in remote areas.

An aerial drone used by the USGS to monitor erosion in remote areas.

U.S. Geological Survey

A few months ago, we talked to some people in Pendleton who were hoping to bring drone testing to the area. They were eagerly awaiting a decision from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on drone testing sites around the country. This week, the FAA announced its choices for those sites, as part of an effort to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles into the nation’s airspace.

A joint proposal from Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii was among those selected, which is good news for test sites in Pendleton, Warm Springs, and Tillamook. The test program will address privacy concerns as well as safety standards and other issues.

What questions do you have about drone testing in Oregon?


  • Rosanne Bailey: Deputy director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Director of the FAA test site


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