Colorado Seeks to Create Drone-Friendly Commercial Development Area


It is clear that Colorado has embraced drones. As the second-largest chapter in the Drone Racing MultiGP league, and with fifth-highest number of exemptions to an FAA rule, Colorado has requested a certificate to of operations to operate a test site, and the FAA gave the blessing.

A 8,000-square-mile area in San Luis Valley is available for “medium-sized birds,” or drones weighing at least 55 pounds. Drones can fly up to t 9,000 feet above the ground.

With attractive features like that, the group of Colorado aerospace and aviation professionals, local, state agencies and educators are looking to attract drone-related companies to the state.

“We’re actively courting a Spanish firm by saying, ‘Hey, not only do we have a great business climate, but we have tons of space. We can help you identify a manufacturing facility.’ What they want to do is manufacture a bird like Boeing in Seattle and roll it on a field and fly it,” said Emison, who handles marketing for UAS Colorado.

According to Jay Lindell, aerospace and defense industry champion for Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, there is a drone industry in Colorado, where the UAS can collect and analyze data to gain real informations to aim the business.

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