DriveOhio launches new plan for drone technologies

The new plan has three main initiatives: FlyOhio to build an unmanned traffic management system, which would allow the widescale use of drones for delivery and transport; Ohio UAS Center Operations to foster technology for a broad range of business services; and Workforce Development to create the skills for smart mobility jobs around drone technology.

FlyOhio will identify locations that will accommodate aircraft that take off and land vertically, and study SkyVision with the Air Force Research Laboratory, a $5 million ground-based detect-and-avoid radar system at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport.

Ohio UAS Center Operations will collect statewide data on several things including bridge inspections and construction and traffic monitoring.