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North Dakota Drone Test Site Set To Fly High At All Hours

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's unmanned aircraft test site is set to fly high, both day and night.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved a plan that allows drones to be flown up to 1,200 feet above the entire state and permits flights at night, a combination that makes North Dakota unique.

The other five test sites throughout the country are currently limited to a 200-foot blanket and daylight hours.

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Nicholas Flom is director of safety for the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. He says the fact that North Dakota is the only state to have expanded airspace is a "big deal" and will expand the type of test operations.

Alaska, New York, Nevada, Texas and Virginia also were selected in December 2013 as national test sites for unmanned aircraft.