The Hawaii State Legislative Aerospace Caucus has been formed in the state to, in part, foster the development of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry.
In its announcement of six national test site operators in late December 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration noted that test range locations in Hawaii would be utilized as the agency moves to integrate UAVs into the U.S. national airspace system.
Bills that have the support of the caucus include one that seeks funding to staff and operate the test range and another that would allow only law enforcement agencies to use UAVs for information-gathering purposes, according to an article by the Star-Advertiser.
The members of the caucus say that Hawaii ‘needs to seize the day and create a foundation for an industry that would add millions to the economy through greater unmanned vehicle research, testing and certification, and jobs.’
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