Evergreen Helicopters, a subsidiary of Evergreen International in McMinnville, Ore., is laying the groundwork to tap into the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market, according to David Rath, Evergreen Helicopters president.
Testifying before the House aviation subcommittee on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), FAA associate administrator for aviation safety Nick Sabatini called UAVs “the next great step forward in the evolution of aviation.” But he warned they must have numerous redundancies in case of loss of link and system failures.
Boeing has flown its Unmanned Little Bird (ULB) technology demonstrator without a safety pilot for the first time.
The modified MD 530F lifted off from a Mesa, Ariz. helipad, hovered briefly and flew a programmed reconnaissance mission around the proving ground. After the 20-minute flight, the aircraft returned to the helipad and landed within six inches of the planned recovery location.
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