The FAA announced today that they have started testing UAVs for certification in their first test site (out of six) in North Dakota. They are testing the Draganflyer X4ES, a small quad, and mainly for agricultural purposes. From the FAA press release:
“The main goal of this site’s initial operations is to show that UAS can check soil quality and the status of crops in support of North Dakota State University/Extension Service precision agriculture research studies. Precision agriculture is one of many industries that represent areas for significant economic opportunity and UAS-industry expansion.”
The FAA has a 2015 deadline as imposed by congress. Read the full press release at the source below.