All Americans Bail Bonds – Banner
Hugo Naturals – Banner
Action Family Counseling – Banner
Nothing Bundt Cakes – Banner
Academy Swim Club – Banner
Union Bank – Banner
Valencia United Methodist Church – Under God’s Sea – Banner
Newhall School District – Public Hearing – Banner
Disco Fever – Banner
Patterson’s Collision Center – Banner
Brent’s Carpet One – Banner
Simply Taylored – Banner
Beyond Harmony – Banner
Adage IT – Banner
College Of The Canyons – Banner
Valencia United Methodist Church – Luau Lunch – Banner
Green Convergence – Sun Power – Banner
IHOP – Banner
Galpin Motors – Banner
Facey – Banner
Newhall Land – Banner
AV Party Rental – Banner
Today
It is forecast to be Clear at 7:00 PM PDT on May 03, 2015
Clear
80°/49°
Home » Santa Clarita News » Assembly Bill Promotes Drone Testing in California
Assembly Bill Promotes Drone Testing in California

Assembly Bill Promotes Drone Testing in California

Assembly Bill Promotes Drone Testing in California


Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking Santa Clarita news alerts delivered right to your inbox.


Assemblyman Steve FoxAssemblyman Steve Fox (D-Palmdale) achieved a significant legislative victory with the passage in the state Assembly of AB737, which would take steps to designate California as a test site for unmanned aviation systems, or drones.

By a wide margin, members of the state Assembly voted this week to approve the bill that would require California to apply to the FAA for designation as a site for drone testing. Fox was the sponsor of the bill. The bill now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

According to the wording of the bill, the FAA has already announced the designation of six national drone test sites. Since California is home to much of the aerospace industry and defense industry, a federal test site would ensure the continued growth of the industry and its importance to the state economy.

Economic Impact

Fox has repeatedly said the drone testing designation would bring new jobs into the state.

“Unmanned aviation systems are the next big technological development for California’s aerospace industry,” Fox said in a news release. “This small investment in our future could result in thousands of new jobs and positive, sustainable economic growth.”

It is estimated that in the next decade the drone industry will create over 100,000 jobs and over $82 billion in total economic impact in the U.S.  California is projecting $14.3 billion in economic impact and the creation of over 18,000 jobs.

According to Sandra Kramer, a press aide to Fox, drones are a valuable tool for doing those jobs that are dangerous for humans. “The machines stand in for people in situations like fire fighting or…examining earthquake fault lines in places that are dangerous to walk in.”

Important applications for civilian drone use include:

  • wildfire mapping
  • weather monitoring
  • agriculture monitoring
  • disaster management
  • post-earthquake monitoring and management
  • television news and sports coverage

Privacy Issues

Kramer said that while many citizens are worried about privacy issues surrounding the deployment of drones within the United States, those concerns are unfounded when it comes to drone testing.

“The testing is performed in areas that are unpopulated,” she said. “They won’t hit anybody, they won’t be looking at anybody. We just want to figure out how to build something that’s safe before we take it out over a populated area.”

Kramer added that lawmakers are currently looking at several measures aimed at protecting people’s privacy once commercial use of drones become more prevalent.


Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, Or drop us a line at community@hometownstation.com


Assembly Bill Promotes Drone Testing in California

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

About KHTS AM 1220

Beyond Harmony – News Banner
Academy Swim Club – News Banner
All American Bail Bonds – News Banner
AV Party Rental – News Banner
Hugo Naturals – News Banner
Action Family Counseling – News Banner
College Of The Canyons – News Banner
Adage IT – Tile
IHOP – Tile
Academy Swim Club – Tile
Facey – Tile
Union Bank – Tile
Simply Taylored – Tile