UNITE a group of leading HALE vendors in the UAV pantheon including AeroVironment, Aurora Flight Sciences, Boeing, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman.


These guys had a booth at EAA and were trying to get the word out to allow civil UAV use. They are coming from the background of trying to get FAA permission to have UAV use in the civilian market. They are not so much after the "small ones" that we tend to work with but they do have an AR Drone and took it over to the FAA and said the FAA would not fly it, and the FAA said that is not approved.

I think this is a group to keep an eye on. They have some dollars behind them to push their use of UAVs but they also don't have a problem with the idea of the FAA requiring a medical and license to operate a UAV.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on July 29, 2011 at 7:28am

I was at Oshkosh, too, and saw that booth, but didn't take the time to look closer. I'm glad you did!

Other UAV booths included Kansas State Aerosonde and an Air National Guard Shadow UAS system.


Here's the Shadow's ground station. Aircraft control seat at the top, camera control seat at the bottom.

Comment by Troy Reabe on July 29, 2011 at 8:07am

I did try and ask these guys about there UAV but the answer I got was "The UAV guys just left" they did offer that I could watch the screen play the simulation.

Here is Georgia's area


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