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Michael Huerta: FAA ‘Confident’ it Will Meet Drone Integration Deadline

Federal aviation administration (FAA)Federal Aviation Administration head Michael Huerta is confident that the agency will meet a congressionally-mandated September 2015 deadline to fully integrate drones into U.S. civilian airspace despite some technical challenges, USA Today reported Monday.

Bart Jansen writes the project faces a challenging path as FAA develops operational and safety guidelines for the coexistence of commercial planes and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Michael Toscano, CEO of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, told USA Today the industry could generate as many as 100,000 jobs and $82 billion in economic activity within a decade of drone integration.

FAA is slated to announce locations test sites for drones this month and plans to issue regulations for small drones next year, Jansen reports.

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