Ohio-Indiana Drone Aircraft Test Site Promoted

May 7, 2013

All 11 members of the Indiana congressional delegation have co-signed a letter to federal officials supporting an Ohio-Indiana bid for one of six drone aircraft test sites.

The delegation wrote Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta, saying the two states have the military and civil resources needed to be a leader in unmanned aircraft systems.

Proposals were due Monday. The FAA is expected to select sites by the end of the year.

Ohio is proposing that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton become a regional hub for drone development. The Journal Gazette reports the Indiana delegation's letter also mentions the Crane Naval Surface War Center in southern Indiana and NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland also are conducting research and development work for drones.