Today, Congressman Blake Farenthold (TX-27) participated in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure field hearing on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Test Bed in Daytona Beach, Florida. Rep. Farenthold pressed the FAA administrator and industry executives on deploying technology to increase the operation area and safety of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that are essential to securing our national border. Farenthold also spoke privately with the administrator and industry leaders about issues with existing radar systems and South Texas wind farms. Rep. Farenthold had the following comments:
"We must continue to foster the public/private partnership between the government and the private sector to move NextGen forward towards reality. While we develop additional technologies it is important to ensure the safety and operation area of the UAVs that secure and protect our border.
"The work between the FAA, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Daytona Beach International Airport on the NextGen Text Bed is an example of how the government can take advantage of private and academic expertise in the development of new technologies."