In a move to help cement the capture a FAA UAS Test site Congressman Steve Austria stated that hundreds of jobs could be coming to central Ohio if the location is selected.
Earlier this year, Congress passed legislation that requires the Federal Aviation Administration to establish six test ranges for integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) for five years. Austria (R-Beavercreek), who visited the Record-Herald office in Washington Court House Tuesday, worked with Sen. Rob Portman and other colleagues to secure language that requires the FAA to consider the location of ground infrastructure and research needs in rewarding these test sites.
Several military, former military, and civil locations are also competing for the “FAA Test Site” designation – which coincidentally brings no funding. What criteria will be used to make the final site selection is still being determined with public comments closing out in early May. It is expected that locations with less dense populations will be favored but time will tell.