The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is preparing to test technologies designed to ensure safe cohabitation of airplanes and drones in the nation’s skies. In its most recent step, the FAA named the five US airports where drone detection and mitigation air traffic systems will be evaluated.

Keeping drones and manned planes apart

Falling under the FAA’s Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program, the tests will evaluate systems designed to detect and mitigate potential safety risks drones may pose to piloted traffic. Slated to begin later this year, those trials will take place at:

  • Atlantic City International Airport in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, New York
  • Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio
  • Huntsville International Airport in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington

The FAA’s statement said the selected sites all meet…