Aerospace industry expected to be key force in Northern Nevada’s future

Drone America and Vyper Adamas workers unload a Phoebus MIII at the Drone America facility in Reno last month. (Kevin Clifford/Provided by Drone America)

Drone America and Vyper Adamas workers unload a Phoebus MIII at the Drone America facility in Reno last month. (Kevin Clifford/Provided by Drone America)

Northern Nevada’s aerospace companies took a hit when the federal government let budget sequestration cuts take effect last year, throwing defense contracts into flux.

But then, many got a boost at year’s end when the Federal Aviation Administration designated the state a test site for drones — or unmanned aerial vehicles, as they’re also called.

Despite this giveth-and-taketh-away pattern, those involved in the Reno-Sparks aerospace industry say they are poised for big growth.

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