Push to test controversial drones in Washington

SEATTLE – A group of Washington based organizations will soon submit a final proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration to research and test unmanned aircraft at a facility in central Washington.

If approved, the Pacific Northwest Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight Center will be one of six testing facilities in the United States.

The proposal identifies several locations in central and western Washington where testing may happen.

The goal is to advance the use of drones in search and rescue operations, crop management, and avalanche control.  The drones would also collect weather data and information about the snow pack.

A decision by the FAA is expected by December 31, 2013.