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Central NY airport lands FAA drone-testing site

ROME, N.Y. (AP) -- An airport in central New York has been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration as one of the six locations nationwide that will host test sites for unmanned aircraft.

The FAA announced Monday that the research and development to be conducted at Griffiss International Airport in Rome in Oneida County will look into integrating drones into the congested northeast airspace.

The Rome site will be operated by an alliance of more than 40 public, private and academic organizations in New York and Massachusetts.

The airport is 35 miles east of Syracuse, home to the New York Air National Guard's 174th Attack Wing, which flies MQ-9 Reaper drones out of its suburban air base and from the airfield at the Army's Fort Drum in northern New York.