Governor Sandoval Touts Nevada as Unmanned Flight Center of Excellence

Acting on his vision of Southern Nevada becoming the Silicon Valley of the civilian unmanned aircraft industry, Gov. Brian Sandoval paid a visit Thursday to students who are learning aeronautics and could help the state reach that goal.

Knowing Nevada already is a hub for the operation for unmanned military aircraft, Sandoval met with students in Rancho High School's aviation magnet school program and with students seeking advanced aeronautical degrees at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the North Las Vegas Airport.

The aeronautical industry is one of the components in the governor's economic diversification effort, and Sandoval hopes the state can capitalize on resources in place at Nellis and Creech air force bases to develop civilian applications for unmanned aircraft systems — known within the industry as UASs

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