Va., MD woo government for aircraft system test range

RICHMOND (AP) — The governors of Virginia and Maryland are asking the federal government to select the region to host an unmanned aircraft systems test range.

The request was made this week in a letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood regarding the test range that was called for in the National Defense Authorization Act and FAA Reauthorization Bill.

In the letter,¬†Govs. Bob McDonnell and Martin O’Malley¬†highlighted the region’s technical expertise in the defense industry and said that similar design and testing of unmanned aircraft systems already take place in the area. They also said the region has the appropriate airspace for the type of testing and development to be done.

McDonnell’s office said the state have not yet received a response from LaHood.