ORLANDO, Fla. – The FAA plans to approve its chosen unmanned aircraft system test sites to issue experimental airworthiness certificates to overcome a backlog within the agency and allow initial civil operations to begin at the sites. Initially the six test sites are being granted certificates of authorization (COA) to fly UAS as public aircraft operators, but that comes with restrictions on operations, says Jim Williams, manager of the FAA’s UAS integration office. As a public ...

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