Corridor For Drones Could Be Set Up In SW Oklahoma

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma's secretary of science and technology says groundwork is being done to set up an air corridor to allow unmanned aerial vehicles to fly between airports in Lawton and Clinton.

Stephen McKeever tells the Lawton Constitution if the corridor becomes a reality, it would be the only one in the U.S. in which the vehicles could routinely fly at higher altitudes without special permission through aviation controlled by the Federal Aviation Administration.

McKeever, who's also the executive director of the Oklahoma State University Multispectral Laboratory, says such an air corridor for drones would be a key step in the state's attempts to become a leading player in the unmanned aerial vehicle industry.

The Oklahoma Training Center for Unmanned Systems already is located west of Lawton, adjacent to Fort Sill.