Oregon senators promote new drone regulations


Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said the new rules could create jobs in Pendleton, Tillamook and Warm Springs.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said new unmanned aerial systems testing regulations could create jobs in Pendleton, Tillamook and Warm Springs.

Oregon’s U.S. senators had previously requested quicker approvals for UAS test permits, according to the Portland Business Journal.

In a release, Merkley said: “This news from FAA will help provide new jobs and an economic boost to rural areas of Oregon that are in need of good-paying jobs. I’m please the FAA has removed the roadblocks from this burgeoning industry.”

From the PBJ:

The three Oregon sites are among six national spots testing unmanned aircrafts. The FAA rules allow the sites to conduct public aircraft operations throughout the National Airspace System at or below 200 feet. The provisions cover UASs that weigh less than 55 pounds.

“Despite the many fits and starts, our goal has always been to move at the speed of business, so anything that expedites that process is progress,” said Steve Chrisman, Pendleton’s economic development director.

 




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