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Report On Unmanned Aircraft

Unmanned Aircraft

Unmanned Aircraft

The Office of the State Chief Information Officer presented a report to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology Thursday that supports the safe and responsible use of unmanned aircraft systems by local and state governments.  A working group led by the State legislative oversight committee Office and the Department of Transportation developed the report as directed by the General Assembly in the 2013-14 budget. The UAS Working Group included representatives from local government, state agencies, and universities. The report states Unmanned aircraft present a significant economic development opportunity for the state in partnership with Research Triangle Park, the technology sector, the agricultural industry, and colleges and universities. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International estimates a UAS industry could create nearly 1,200 jobs and $600 million in economic activity in NC by 2025.