Domestic Drone Industry Booms

from The drone arms race
has gone global. But inside the United States, a study by the
Association For Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) showed
why drone proliferation continues to ramp up at a nearly exponential
rate: it has become one of the fastest growing areas of the U.S.
A report entitled, “The Economic Impact of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the United States”
is clear in its conclusion that competition for jobs and tax dollars
created by drone tech development is likely to provide the impetus to
loosen state regulations on drone use.
The AUVSI latest projection is
that well over 100,00 new jobs will be created in the first years of
full integration.

Of course the AUVSI has a vested interest in promoting drone use despite
the organization’s “non-profit” status. From their About Us page they
don’t hide their goals and connections:

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems
International is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted
exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community.
Serving more than 7,500 members from government organizations, industry
and academia, AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing, and promoting
unmanned systems and robotic technologies. AUVSI members support
defense, civil and commercial sectors. (Read full mission statement and
their goals for the world HERE)

Russia Today reports below: “More than 7,000 people descended on DC for the 2013
AUVSI conference . . . Alongside were states like Idaho, North Dakota
and Arizona, welcoming these flying bots to their airspace with open
arms and open coffers.”

US drone pilot demand outstrips supply

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