LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada officials are hoping the state will earn one of five guaranteed spots in a federal program intended to increase the number and complexity of drone flights.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday that the Federal Aviation Administration sees the program as a way to further integrate drones with national airspace. While state officials see it as a way to solidify Nevada as a key hub for the drone industry.

The pilot program aims to have state, local and tribal governments partner with private-sector drone entities to test advanced drone operations, such as flying over people or flying a drone outside an operator's visual line of sight.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman did not return a request for comment regarding when winners will be announced. Applications are due Jan. 4.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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