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Vice-Chairman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) Questions Witnesses During Subcommittee Hearing On Unmanned Aerial Systems

Feb 15, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Kevin Cramer, Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight,  questioned Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) officials regarding the saf y factors associated with the expected integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace. Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration requested proposals for test sites to integrate unmanned aircraft with manned aircraft. The fortuitous timing of this hearing provided Vice-Chairman Cramer the opportunity to highlight North Dakota’s distinct advantage in the test site determination by the FAA. North Dakota is among 26 states competing to be a host for the test sites for integrating unmanned and manned aircraft.

“Grand Forks is an opportune location to obtain the use of unmanned aircraft systems,” Cramer said. “Our minimal air traffic congestion, excellent infrastructure and pioneering research universities position North Dakota well to be chosen as a test site,” Cramer continued. “I look forward to working with the North Dakota Airspace Integration Team , the FAA and NASA to make this opportunity possible for North Dakota in the field of UAS research.”

Most of the questions focused on personal privacy concerns in light of the ever increasing anticipated use of this technology.

These sites are expected to generate millions in revenue and create thousands of jobs. Candidates for the sites include, Hawaii, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia.