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Central New York one of six sites for drone research

Central New York one of six sites for drone research

The FAA this week selected Central New York as one of 6 national test sites for research into military and commercial drones.

Griffiss International Airport 35 miles east of Syracuse will host test sites for the unmanned aircrafts.

Drones have been mainly used by the military, but businesses, farmers and others are making plans to join the growing market.

Elliot Adams is with an upstate New York coalition against the use of military drones. He said to put drones among commercial aircraft is “very dangerous.”

“To be flying military drones—as we’re talking about doing in Hancock field—with civilian aircraft is very dangerous,” Adams said.

Grifiss International Airport east of Syracuse was selected as one of the six locations nationwide that will host test sites for drones.

But officials say new research on drones will take place in restricted airspace and won’t occur near passenger aircraft.

Cornell University is one of the academic partners enlisted to focus on developing technology to ensure safety of drones and commercial aircraft.

Sen. Chuck Schumer praised the FAA’s decision, saying it will usher in jobs while putting central New York on the radar for emerging businesses.

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