Falcon taxing for takeoff (photo by Constantin Diehl)
Falcon Unmanned is pleased to have demonstrated Falcon and Falcon Hover at this weekends Rocky Mountain Airshow in Greeley Colorado. This was the first time in the US that a UAV without a military designation or special airworthiness certificate was able to perform in an outdoor air show demonstration with the FAAs consent. In the end we were flying under AMA rules as an AMA sanctioned event however I believe that the precedent has been set to open the door for future demonstrations of this type of technology under the COA process. The actual demonstration included a bungee launch of Falcon, a couple of passes of the spectatros, and recovery. This was followed by a flight of Falcon Hover along the runway across from the crowd. During both flights we were broadcasting the video feed from our new stabilized gimbal on the jumbotron. Following the main demonstrations flights were completed using Falcon Hover in an indoor netted area. While we were limited flight time this is an important milestone for the industry and showed the general public the positive benefits that unmanned aircraft can provide.
We'd like to thank the Rocky Mountain Airshow staff Jim Cimiluca and Constantin Diehl for their efforts to coordinate this event with the FAA and also Mike Harrington with the AMA for his support for this event.
Falcon Hover getting a birds eye view of a P-51 (photo by Constantin Diehl)