Air Force, Ohio to invest in drone research at local airport

Small drones are being flown in tests at a western Ohio airport as a step toward eventually flying the unmanned aircraft out of sight of their operators.

The new technology has the potential to change national security and defense operations as well as commercial businesses that use drones, The Springfield News-Sun reported ( ).

“This will be ground breaking,” said Art Huber, director of operations at the Air Force Research Laboratory.

The Air Force and the state of Ohio plan to jointly invest $5 million in research equipment in hopes that Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport will receive Federal Aviation Administration approval to fly drones beyond engineers’ sight lines.

If approved, the testing will push the limits of drone flying beyond what has ever been allowed under federal law.
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