Middle Georgia College to fly, test drones

jmink@macon.comDecember 6, 2012 

A local college has received the green light to begin flying and testing unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly called drones.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved the project at Middle Georgia College’s Aviation Campus, which is located in Eastman. The project involves testing the TwinStar II UAV near the Heart of Georgia Regional Airport. The Dodge County Development Authority is acquiring a project site about 6 miles from campus and the airport, according to a news release.

The Twin Star II will be used for agricultural sensor research and to test UAV flight crews. It is the second FAA authorization the college has received to fly and test UAVs. There are 400 active FAA certificate of authorizations in the nation, according to the news release.

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