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Ventura County Pushes Ahead With Efforts To Attract Drone Testing Program

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 10:48am

Ventura County signed an agreement which will allow it to remain in the running for a a test site for drones.

County Supervisors approved sending of a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration which confirms the county agrees to certain terms, and conditions for the potential site. There are applicants from 24 states in the running, with the FAA saying it will approve drone testing in six states.  Selection as a site for unmanned aircraft is expected to mean  an economic boom for the communities which are chosen.

County Supervisor Linda Parks expressed concerns about privacy issues for county residents during testing, but the board decided the passage of a privacy ordinance at this point could hurt its chances of being selected.  The FAA has privacy provisions as part of final agreements.

The FAA is expected to make its decisions by the end of the year.

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