Setback For Drones: Texas City Rejects Testing

AnThe Federal Aviation Administration’s plans to test an unmanned aerial aircraft system (UAS) in the Big Bend region of West Texas has been rejected unanimously by the city council of Alpine, Texas.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was hoping to use the Casparis Municipal Airport in Alpine to test drones for commercial and industrial use.

The program is called the Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Initiative. It’s lead by Texas A&M and other academic and industrial partners working with the FAA.

The FAA wants to introduce drones to U.S. airspace. By law they must be tested before they’re
integrated into the nation’s aviation system.

Arizona, California Nevada and Texas are among 24 statescompeting to host six drone testing sites.

Alpine Mayor Avinash Rangra says he has yet to receive substantive answers to what he calls basic questions.

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