ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Griffiss International Airport is one of just six sites in the country to be named by the FAA as a test site for drone aircraft.
Congressman Richard Hanna says the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, or NUAIR, was awarded the designation Monday. The group is made up of more than 40 businesses and organizations from New York and Massachusetts.
The test site will be headquartered at Griffis International Airport in Rome, and also at Joint Base Cape Cod.
During testing, the drones will be limited to specific airspace, and Hanna says all operations must follow rigorous safety and privacy standards.
The FAA plans to open U.S. Airspace to drones by 2015.