FAA approves Guard drone training near Pendleton

FAA approves Guard drone training near Pendleton
An unmanned U.S. Predator drone makes a landing after completing a flight. (FILE - AP Photo/Armando Babani)

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Army National Guard has won federal permission to use drones from the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport at Pendleton.

The East Oregonian reports the Federal Aviation Administration has approved the Guard's plan to fly unmanned aerial vehicles over a 100-square-mile area of mostly wheat fields north of the airport to train troops.

The Guard also flies drones from the nearby Boardman Bombing Range, and stations more than 20 troops in Pendleton for the training.

Local officials hope to get federal approval in a separate filing for permission to set up a testing area to attract drone manufacturers.