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  • Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta and Pan Pacific Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Range Complex director Ro Bailey answer questions at a press conference at the University of Alaska Anchorage on Monday, May 5, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. Huerta announced that the FAA has authorized unmanned aircraft test flights at UA Fairbanks. The university is one of six locations picked for research into into integrating drones into U.S. airspace (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

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  • FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the Transportation Department in Washington. Foxx is scheduled to visit Casselton, N.D., April 24, 2014, to meet with local leaders and update the community on efforts to improve rail safety. A Dec. 30 BNSF Railway oil train derailment on the outskirts of Casselton didn't hurt anyone, but it sparked explosions and a fire that sent a smoke plume over the city and prompted about 1,400 people to evacuate their homes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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  • ** FILE ** A small Draganflyer X6 drone is photographed during a test flight in Mesa County, Colo., on Jan. 8, 2009. (Associated Press/Mesa County Sheriff's Department)

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  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announces that government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate during a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport. The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music _ but not make cellphone calls. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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  • A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" jet aircraft is surrounded by emergency vehicles while parked at a Terminal E gate at Logan International Airport in Boston on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, following a fire that started in one of the plane's lithium ion batteries. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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  • ** FILE ** Boeing Commercial Airplanes President Ray Conner (center), flanked by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (left) and Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta, speaks during a news conference at the Transportation Department in Washington on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, to discuss a comprehensive review of the Boeing 787's critical systems, including its design, manufacture and assembly. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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  • **FILE** Boeing's newest aircraft, the Boeing 787, sits on the tarmac at Huntsville International Airport in Huntsville, Ala., on Jan. 27, 2012, after a 3600-mile flight from Dublin. (Associated Press/The Huntsville Times)

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  • ** FILE ** In this Sept. 10, 2010, file photo Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt speaks in Washington. Babbitt has been charged with driving while intoxicated following a weekend traffic stop in northern Virginia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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  • Michael Huerta, the Federal Aviation Administration administrator, announced in Grand Forks that his agency had granted North Dakota a two-year certificate to begin flying small drone test flights.

    For North Dakota, drones a possible growth market →

  • Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta said during a trip to the state Monday that the agency has granted the state a two-year certificate to begin flying a small drone, making North Dakota the first of six test sites in the nation to be allowed to start missions.

    North Dakota to begin drone tests for ag research →

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