11 October 2017
USA Today reports that North Dakota has “quickly become one of the leading spaces for drone research, experimentation and testing,” partially due to a state waiver allowing pilots wider latitude to fly at night and beyond pilot line of sight, as well as the presence of “the nation’s first commercial unmanned aircraft systems business park, Grand Sky.” Federal UAV rules, designed to minimize the potential of UAV and piloted aircraft collisions, are well suited for states with open spaces such as North Dakota. However, Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site Director Nick Flom said that the industry “is moving at the speed of technology, not bureaucracy.” (Image Credit: NASA)
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