VERONA–Drone industry professionals are turning out to Turning Stone Resort and Casino this week for an industry conference; an event detailing progress at Oneida County’s unmanned aerial system test site in Rome.
A 50-mile drone test air corridor is in the process of being fashioned between Rome’s Griffiss International Airport, and Syracuse.
NUAIR Alliance Chief Operating Officer Tony Basile says infrastructure work for the test corridor (radar included) should wrap up within the next two months, then the Federal Aviation Administration will need to issue approval.
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente gave remarks Tuesday morning, and detailed the status of creating an indoor drone test facility–known as ‘Skydome’–at Griffiss.
Picente says it will take $10 million in additional funding to make ‘Skydome’ a reality, and the county will seek financial assistance on a state and federal level to reach that goal.