Ohio, Indiana push for place in drone industry - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Ohio, Indiana push for place in drone industry


Ohio and Indiana will operate their own test ranges for unmanned aircraft and seek ways of promoting more research and development to attract drone-related businesses after losing in their joint bid for a coveted FAA test site. 

The states sought one of six Federal Aviation Administration drone test sites being set up as the agency develops a plan to safely integrate commercial drones into U.S. airspace. 

An industry-commissioned study predicted drones could produce thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic impact after that integration. And Ohio and Indiana want a share in any economic boom. 

Officials say they are seeking more ways of individually and jointly promoting their shared region as a location where unmanned aircraft businesses can thrive.

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