State officials in Georgia expect the coming unmanned aerial vehicles industry, commonly known as drones, will create more than 2,000 jobs in Georgia during its first three years while and have an expected economic impact upwards of nearly $400 million.
Steve Justice, the director of the Georgia Center for Innovation for Aerospace, an arm of the state Department of Economic Development, says Georgia has been working since 2009 to commercialize drones, told attendees at a briefing on drones held at the Atlanta office of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Though there is a federal ban on drones, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now accepting applications for exemptions from this law as the feds continue working on the rules governing in the industry. Pundits predict it will take a few more years to develop the guidelines.
In fact, the center has been involved with The University of Georgia and Middle Georgia State College on a project testing camera-mounted drones to monitor the health of crops in farm fields.
Having the world’s busiest airport in the city of Atlanta definitely looks favorably on Georgia’s industry application, said Mark Dombroff, a McKenna Long partner and head of the firm’s Unmanned Aerial Services (UAS) practice.