News Release
For Immediate Release
December 30, 2013

Marshall Wright
GOED Director, Business Development, Aerospace and Defense

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

Utah Looks Forward to Advances in Unmanned Aerial Systems
Utah was not selected as a test site location, but continues to support FAA efforts

Salt Lake City, UTAH — Though Utah was not selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) test site location, the state continues to be supportive of efforts to research and develop UAS technology.

“Utah was appreciative of the opportunity to bid on the recently awarded FAA UAS test sites. While we were not selected, Utah is well positioned to be supportive of the continued development of unmanned systems, both air and ground, in the coming years,” said Marshall Wright, aerospace and defense cluster director at GOED. “The state intends to continue to be actively supportive of its growing unmanned systems industry and the companies that are making a profound contribution.”

The FAA test sites will be used to develop rules and regulations that will eventually permit commercial integration of unmanned aircrafts into the National Airspace System (NAS). The creation of test sites is in response to the congressional mandate that the FAA commercially integrate UAS into the National Airspace System by 2015.

Unmanned Aerial Systems are comprised of operators, hardware, software, and unmanned aerial vehicles. All of these components work together to enable safe, coordinated operations of the vehicles. Uses for UAS range from agricultural to search and rescue. UAS will redefine many industries by carrying out dangerous or menial tasks.

Unmanned aerial systems are a significant component of Utah’s aerospace industry and will be part of its future moving forward. The aerospace industry currently employs more than 10,000 Utahns and has generated billions of dollars in revenue for the state.


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission. For more information please contact: Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811 or