This Is the First Company to Legally Test Commercial Drones in America

Just days after the Federal Aviation Administration announced the six states where businesses could test drones, the site in New York is ready to announce its first client.

The site’s operator, NUAIR, is made up of private companies, New York universities, and military entities, and is set to announce today that Flyterra, a New York City-based drone company, will become the first client at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY, according to The Post-Standard, based in Syracuse.

Sen. Chuck Schumer and US Rep. Dan Maffei are expected to make the announcement sometime today at Syracuse University. Neither Schumer nor Maffei’s offices responded to request for comment from Motherboard. The Associated Press is reporting that Schumer will push the FAA to allow New York’s test site to become one of the first to become operational.

According to its website, Flyterra, which has an office in Manhattan and one at Quebec’s Alma airport, manufactures two lightweight drones that weigh less than five pounds and the company is working on two other drones. The company also offers satellite imaging and 3D mapping services. It says its drones have or could be hired to survey open pit mines, check pipelines, perform aerial surveys on farms, search and rescue missions after a disaster, and monitor wildlife.

The company was created in 2012 and already operates commercially in Canada and France and is hoping to become one of the first to legally operate in the United States.

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