Flight demonstration gives Nevada hope that drone bet will pay off

Jason Hidalgo

Nevada continued to stake its claim on the burgeoning unmanned aerial vehicle industry as state and local officials staged a demonstration Thursday morning above Reno Stead Airport’s overcast skies.

The demonstration featured a miniature unmanned aerial vehicle made by Kiwi company Areo.

The event served as a showcase for the company’s RQ-84Z AreoHawk, which specializes in taking aerial images for use in mining, geothermal, farming and highway studies and operations.

It also demonstrated Nevada’s feasibility as a testing bed for UAVs, also known as drones, — a sector that the state is now pursuing aggressively as it attempts to diversify its economy.