Military and business interests press for area to be declared test range for drone aircraft

RIVERSIDE – Business and military interests are pressing for much of Southern California’s airspace to be declared a test range for drone aircraft, it was reported today.

The UT San Diego newspaper and website reported that the boost is coming from the San Diego Military Advisory Council and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. They report that 7,135 are directly or indirectly employed by drone makers in San Diego County.

The proposed drone test zone would extend from Edwards Air Force Base, just north of Lancaster, west to the Pacific Ocean and south to the Mexican border, UT San Diego reported. Most of Riverside County could be in the proposed zone.

It is intended to give an economic boost to a cluster of drone manufacturers in San Diego, including Northrup Grumman in Rancho Bernardo and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in Poway, UT San Diego reported. Northrup Grumman also has a large drone works near Lancaster.

The FAA plans to create six test zones in the U.S. as it seeks technology and operational advances to integrate pilotless aircraft into the U.S. airspace.

About 40 applications have been filed from across the country from localities anxious to host the drone test areas.

The Navy has already announced plans to base unmanned spy planes for international intelligence gathering at Point Mugu, west of Malibu.

UTSanDiego quoted the ACLU as warning that current privacy laws are not strong enough to protect Americans against unreasonable surveillance.

4 Responses to "Military and business interests press for area to be declared test range for drone aircraft"

  1. Lee   March 25, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Test range, my rear end!

    Folks, please remember where you and I are living: hip, yes, hip SoCal where we have Hollywood and a very diverse ethnic community. Those two entities are hot stuff for our government to pursue . . . and ultimately to want to control. (Remember how the recently released Whites House tapes showed that Nixon hated New York City because it was liberal and forward-thinking?) Well, the same principle applies here. Please also note that the article mentions six OTHER regions that the FAA is seeking for drone airspace . . . and guess where they will be I’m willing to bet you? Over urban areas such as, say, New York and the Bay Area, or even Chicago all to watch what progressively-thinking folks in those areas are doing.

    Heck, do you truly believe Uncle Sam is going to watch . . . Joe, the Iowa corn farmer? Think, folks, think!

  2. lee seriosuly?   March 26, 2013 at 12:45 am

    The media is up the liberals butt and now your trying to say the liberal controlled government is trying to stop its best supporters with their heads in the clouds? Yes its an invasion of privacy but nixon isn’t our president obama is. Why do you talk as though liberals are the only ones with any ideas to help this country? Less government will help not the over regulations liberals push, hence why I am confused, oh wait that’s right when in doubt play the racism card sorry I forgot.

  3. Lee   March 26, 2013 at 10:43 am

    "lee seriosuly?" #2, from your 6th grade grammatical not to mention spelling gibberish, I am actually trying to make out what you are saying and what your point(s) is/are, but have to admit that I have a hard time doing so. So I will ask you about the few points that I can recognize.

    Can you explain to me/us what exactly a liberal media is and what that means to you? I can’t wait for that one!

    What is a liberal government? Can’t wait for that one either.

    Where on earth did I mention anything even remotely race-related?

    Do you know how to use a period and a comma?

    Do you know what a run-on sentence is?

  4. Unbelieveable   March 26, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Have another glass of Kool-aid Lee, your paranoia is showing. By the way, anyone who has to ask what "liberal media" and "liberal government" mean isn’t exactly living in reality. "Hip- So-Cal"? Dude, it ain’t 1972 anymore.


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