BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- The Federal Aviation Administration authorized the first drone to fly in Nevada as part of the federal drone test site program.
“They will be able to do their flights here at this test site in order to prepare themselves to go through the final certification process in order to operate commercial use,” said Glen Martin, Regional Administrator Western Pacific Region Federal Aviation Administration.
The agency is issuing a Test Site Special Airworthiness Certificate to "Magpie," a drone built by the company Sensurion.
“Magpie is a tough little bird that is sort of native to Colorado,” said Joe Burns
CEO, Sensurion Aerospace.
Earlier in the day, Magpie soared in the Nevada sky and became the first FAA certified commercial unmanned aircraft. However, the second test flight ceremony in Boulder City didn't go as planned for federal regulators.