Through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the State of Nevada is promoting the state as the destination for the UAS industry. A key initiative is the FAA’s solicitation for six UAS test sites, which Nevada applied for in 2013. Along with the FAA test site designation, GOED also sponsored the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), a non-profit organization comprised of leaders from industry, government and academia who will work together to promote the unmanned systems industry in Nevada.

Why Nevada?

NIAS is a state sanctioned non-profit organization leading Nevada’s candidacy effort to garner an FAA UAS test site des­ignation. Existing state resources such as Special Use Airspace, exceptional flying weather and multiple airfield locations over sparsely populated areas provide an environment for accommodating everything from small low-speed aircraft to supersonic vehicles and puts Nevada at the top of the list for researching, developing and testing the latest in UAS technologies.


Written by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies.

Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the research sites, providing diverse climates, geography and air traffic environments, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said.