- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed on Thursday that a drone testing flight facility is now operational in Rome, New York.

The purpose of facility, the fifth of six sites chosen by the FAA, is to perform research on unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, and the ability of drones to aid in the development of agricultural fields, Reuters reported Thursday.

The FAA will use Canada’s PrecisionHawk Lancaster Platform drone for its research, the news agency reported.

Other states that will have FAA drone testing sites include Alaska, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia.

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