It certainly appears North Dakota is leading the nation in drone research and testing.
In addition to meeting FAA regulations, North Dakota’s 4 season climate and unencumbered airspace are beneficial for test flights.It now makes sense why North Dakota got FAA approval for this endeavor and California did not. Another neat thing, something I knew but did not think about it in these terms, North Dakota has the nation's first unmanned airport: Grand Sky.
Grand Sky operates 217 acres in Grand Forks, ND, which includes an Air Force runway that is a registered Northern Plains FAA test site. The full package includes safe airspace to test fly, connection to local investors interested in the UAS industry, and access to a UAS data communication infrastructure.Pretty cool. And then this:
Another perk for the North Dakota drones is that they can be used in collaboration with the two other mega-giants driving the state: energy and agriculture. Doug Goehring, Commissioner of North Dakota Department of Agriculture, traced back through the advancements seen in agriculture – from the plow to the GPS – showing how this tech has advanced more in the past two decades than ever before.This is pretty exciting. Background / earlier post same subject back on May 10, 2015.