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FAA requests comment on Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site Program.

On February 22, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a notice of availability and request for comments on its Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site Program.  The purpose of the request is to develop a body of data and operational experiences to inform the integration and safe operation of these aircraft (also known as “drones”) in the National Airspace System. The notice concerns the process by which FAA will select the test sites for the program and also solicits comments on the FAA's proposed approach to privacy concerns raised by the public and Congress with regard to the operation of unmanned aircraft systems within the test site program.  Congress has mandated that FAA develop the test flight program in coordination with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Department of Defense. 

Comments to FAA are due by April 23, 2013.