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Ohio College To Build Indoor Drone Test Lab

Nov 27, 2014

Officials at Sinclair Community College in Dayton plan to build an indoor flying pavilion that will be used by students to fly and test drones.

The 40-foot-high flying pavilion will be constructed next to a building that already houses some of the college's unmanned aerial systems and aviation education and training programs. It is part of a 5 million dollar project that also includes renovation of the adjacent building. The pavilion will allow students hands-on flying experience without having to deal with weather issues or federal restrictions on flying drones outdoors. Congress has directed the Federal Aviation Administration to integrate drones into civilian manned airspace by next fall. The agency now only allows unmanned aircraft to be flown under very controlled conditions.