20 December 2013
States across the U.S. are waiting for the FAA to decide where it will station test sites for UAVs. Laura Brown, an FAA spokeswoman, said the agency hopes to make the decision by the end of the year. Ultimately, the decision could be worth billions of dollars in economic activity, and tens of thousands of new jobs, thus handing some states a Christmas bonus, while leaving others with a lump of coal during the holidays. A number of states have pitched themselves in different ways, with some offering wide-open spaces and others highlighting access to maritime airspace. (Image Credit: NMSU Flight Test Center)
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