Cantwell to tour Insitu’s Bingen training facility Thursday

By Aaron Corvin, Columbian port & economy reporter

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U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., will tour Insitu’s unmanned aircraft systems’ training facility in Bingen on Thursday to highlight the impact on Southwest Washington’s aerospace industry of the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Cantwell, whose tour begins at 2:30 p.m., fought to include a provision in the FAA reauthorization bill that speeds the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace for government and commercial use, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing Co. that makes unmanned aircraft for military and surveillance operations, employs 800 people at various locations, including Bingen, White Salmon, Stevenson and Vancouver.