Test flights of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are expected to begin in Nevada by May. Last month, the state was selected by the Federal Aviation Administration as one of six test site operators.
The plans were revealed to the board of Gov. Brian Sandoval's Office of Economic Development by a team from Nevada's program management office, according to an article by Vegas Inc.
The four test sites in the state include Boulder City Municipal Airport, Reno-Stead Airport, Fallon Municipal Airport and Desert Rock, a private airfield near Mercury.
The article notes that Nevada has already ‘designated $1 million in the budget plus $4 million in contingency funds to establish the nonprofit Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Management Office.’
The full Vegas Inc article can be found here.