LAS VEGAS (AP) _ The Federal Aviation Administration has chosen six states, including New York, to develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the unmanned aircraft's march into U.S. skies.

The FAA says today the sites will be based in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia.

The local site that testing will occur is at the former Griffis Air Force Base In Rome.

Drones have been mainly used by the military, but governments, businesses, farmers and others are making plans to join the market. Many universities are starting or expanding drone programs.

The FAA does not allow commercial use of drones, but it is working to develop operational guidelines by the end of 2015. Officials concede it may take longer.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says safety is the first priority in moving drones into U.S. airspace.