Plans to boost California's burgeoning drone industry could generate billions of dollars and thousands of jobs for the state, industry representatives told Assembly members Tuesday.
The Federal Aviation Administration is creating a system for regulating and licensing unmanned aircraft, a process that will entail launching six special test sites. At a hearing, lawmakers discussed how to ensure one is in California.
"Simply put, unmanned aircraft systems are the next big thing in the aerospace industry," said Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, adding that groups in 37 states have been working on applications.
There are two California-based groups submitting bids to the FAA: the CalUVA Coalition in Southern California and the Southern California Unmanned Systems Alliance in Ventura County.
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