Dave Patterson with San Diego Veterans for Peace also hailed the decision. “Currently there is no judicial oversight regarding the use of drone technology or the sensor information collected by drones,” he noted. “The prospect of our skies being opened to thousands of drones exacerbates that problem. Drones in our skies present a threat to our privacy, a risk from fire and provide a vehicle for the government’s surveillance programs that the residents of Southern California do not need.”
December 30, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its choice of six sites to test unmanned drone aircraft. San Diego is not on the list, despite being home to drone manufacturers and having support from Supervisors and Congressional representatives.
Today’s news drew cheers from citizens’ groups opposed to drone testing in East County, but disappointment from military and economic development interests.
The sites chosen for drone testing are Alaska, New York, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia. The FAA said factors considered included geography, climate, ground infrastructure location, research needs, airspace use, safety, aviation experience and risk.
The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and the San Diego Military Advisory Coucnil had proposed testing drones across a vast flight area from China Lake to Edwards Air Force Base, west to the Pacific Ocean and south to the Mexican border…
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