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Colorado rejected for federal drone tests

10:31 AM, Dec 31, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Drone advocates are disappointed after Colorado was among 18 states that missed a chance to become a Federal Aviation Administration test site. 

The FAA said Monday test sites for developing guidelines for the unmanned aircraft include Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia. 

Colorado advocate Stan VanderWerf tells the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Colorado was perfect for drone testing because of easy access to the airspace for research. 

The FAA does not allow commercial use of drones, but the agency is working to set guidelines by the end of 2015. 

Federal law requires the agency to allow unmanned aircraft to use national airspace. 

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