Airport Authority talks drones

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Updated: 6/12/2014 11:09 pm

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Days after the Federal Aviation Administration approved drone testing in southern Nevada, local officials are hoping for the same.

Aviation consulting group InterVISTAS is researching unmanned aerial systems for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority.

InterVISTAS Senior Vice President Steve Martin said drones are more diverse than just flying machines. "Communications, we’re talking sensing, we’re talking computer analysis, were talking new data. All sorts of things."

Martin has researched 38 manufacturers and calls drones the PC of the decade.

"Stead has a great opportunity to accommodate a wide range of technologically advanced or complex systems," said Airport Authority COO Dean Schultz.

Schultz said bringing drones to Stead is a high priority but not an immediate concern."It’s capable of handling the simplest of systems," said Schultz. "The simple small systems to much more sophisticated systems."

The Airport Authority said drone testing in Stead could bring a significant economic boost to our region.

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