GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says North Dakota's unmanned aircraft system test site is ready for operations.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta signed the certificate during a visit to the state Monday.
The FAA late last year named North Dakota as one of six states that will be test sites for integrating drones into civilian airspace. North Dakota's test site is part of a new aerospace and business complex at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.
The FAA says the main goal of the state's initial operations is to show that drones can check soil quality and the status of crops in some areas.
Initials flights will be over Carrington, and a second set of missions are scheduled over Devils Lake.