Exchange Club hears why UAS will be an economic boon for the valley

By Jack Barnwell

As the Cal UAS Portal research team at Inyokern Airport continues to steam ahead with a proposal to secure the region as one of six possible Federal Aviation Administration test and research sites, another team is taking point in raising funds for the proposal project.

Kathy Vejtasa, a realtor with Coldwell Banker, pitched the case for how important being selected as a test site could be for the Indian Wells Valley.

“It would be a tremendous advantage to us,” she said.

The FAA released its request for proposal for test sites on Feb. 14 along with a set of hard deadlines ending May 6, and in the process opened the race for numerous agencies and groups in a bid to secure one of six test sites.

The proposal requirements include a list of team members and partners, member qualifications and a detailed study of terrain and environmental factors.

Those factors include desert, mountain and maritime environments as well as traffic congestion studies.