WLOX Editorial: Drone testing sites in South MS promise new jobs - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

WLOX Editorial: Proposed drone testing sites in South MS promise new jobs

Posted: Updated:

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAV's are big business and getting bigger in the United States and around the world. We support the Mississippi Development Authority's bid to make Camp Shelby and Stennis International Airport one of six commercial drone testing grounds in the country.

The technology is here. The FAA just needs sites to study the best and safest way to open national air space to commercial UAV's. There is potential for thousands of jobs in South Mississippi in this multi-billion dollar industry.

The sky is literally the limit when it comes to uses for these drones; from crop dusting to air searches for lost boaters in the gulf. But as the nation sets uses and regulations of the U.S. airspace, we hope safety will always be at top of mind.

We also hope regulators anticipate all the uses of this technology and protect our rights to privacy as these UAVs pass overhead.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

Rick Williams

WLOX-TV General Manager

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Huge alligator snapping turtle set free

    Huge alligator snapping turtle set free

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:27 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:27:58 GMT
    There is good news for an alligator snapping turtle that was rescued from a drainage ditch a week ago. "Snappy," as the rescuers referred to the reptile, has been set free.More >>
    There is good news for an alligator snapping turtle that was rescued from a drainage ditch a week ago. "Snappy," as the rescuers referred to the reptile, has been set free.More >>
  • Rural hospital lays off employees, cuts hours to stay afloat

    Rural hospital lays off employees, cuts hours to stay afloat

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-04-17 10:53:07 GMT
    Like many rural hospitals in our state, Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home is struggling.More >>
    Layoffs. Reduced hours. These are some of the sacrifices a South Mississippi hospital is having to make to keep the doors open. Like many rural hospitals in our state, Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home is struggling.More >>
  • Police prepare for another spring break weekend

    Police prepare for another spring break weekend

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:39 AM EDT2014-04-17 04:39:37 GMT
    Barricades and yellow caution tape remain up throughout Gulfport and Biloxi in preparation for another Spring Break weekend. This weekend is a little different though because no one knows how many springMore >>
    The coast is preparing for another weekend of Spring Break festivities. At this point though no one knows exactly what to expect in terms of crowd size. There are several events listed on a Facebook page promoting spring break for April 18th through the 20th including a performance by rapper Lil Boosie.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.