Brian Wynne, president & CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), released the following statement on the FAA’s announcement of expanded airspace for UAS testing in North Dakota:

“Opening up more airspace for UAS testing is a positive step both for North Dakota and the future of UAS technology. This expanded airspace will help facilitate research critical to the integration of UAS into the National Airspace System and unlock the full societal and economic benefits of this technology.”

Wynne testified at the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology last month calling for a deeper national commitment to UAS research and development. Specifically, Wynne called for a comprehensive industry-government UAS research plan, more resources for the federal government to coordinate UAS research, and intellectual property protections for the companies that participate in UAS R&D.