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- Reference Technologies announces its Hummingbird (R) line of Battery and Hybrid powered VTOL Unmanned Aerial Systems.
- Reference Technologies awarded a $250,000 grant from the State of Colorado's Advanced Industries Accelerator Program.
- Visit us at the 2015 AUVSI Unmanned Systems / North America in Atlanta, Georgia. May 5th thru 7th in Booth 1025
Ground Control Station (Mobile)
The Mobile Ground Control Station is a completely autonomous flight operations van with its own 100 KW generator, air conditioning and heating system. The M-GCS has three pilot stations and three sensor stations with conference and observation areas. Internet service is provided via satellite dish and aircraft telemetry and control are linked via auto-tracking antennas. Voice communications are provided between ground based and airborne observers as well as FAA personnel and local airport authorities via UHF and VHF radios.
The Hummingbird is the company's newest Hybrid VTOL product providing flight duration in excess of 6 hours and a payload capacity in excess of 20 pounds. In addition, the aircraft has six hard points for client payloads with the ability to remotely deploy or retain the payloads depending on mission requirements. Up to 500 watts of 5, 12 and 48 VDC power are also available for client payloads.
- How do I know what type of aircraft is best for my applications?
- Where can I fly my UAS?
- Do I need formal instruction before I fly my UAS?
- Are ReferenceTEK UAS aircraft FAA Certified?
- What is the difference between ReferenceTEK's "Standard" UAS and its "Hybrid" UAS?
- When will the Hybrid UAS be available?
- ReferenceTEK focuses on two market segments; 1) Group 3 - Unmanned Aerial Systems which are typically greater than 55 pounds gross weight and 2) Ground based robotics. If your application requires an aerial component, then you will have to determine the following:
- 1. What is the application? (Still photography, live video, remote sensing, etc.)
- 2. Mission duration? (Flight time requirements - 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours or longer?)
- 3. Autonomous and/or manual flight modes? (Will the mission require automated flight capability such as; way-points, orbit around a point of interest (POI), un-attended loiter, failsafe capability, etc.)
- We will assume that you are intending to use your UAS in a commercial environment either for your own purposes or as a service to another entity. The simple fact that you will be operating the UAS for monetary consideration eliminates operation under the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) rules and if you are operating with any form of radio interface, you are not permitted to use Amateur Radio Frequencies. (even if you hold a General or Extra class license)
- Since the rules of operation are in their infancy and literally changing every month, we will only provide you with a summary of the known requirements as of the date of this writing.
- As a commercial operator you are subject to the current rules, regulations and advisories of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Currently, the UAS flight environment is considered by the FAA to include the entire National Air Space (NAS). (from the ground up)
- To legally fly a UAS in the NAS you are required to have a Certificate of Authorization aka COA issued by the FAA which can only be issued to a public entity such as a university, government agency, etc. If you are a private commercial enterprise, you are required to have an approved 333 exemption. In addition, all flights are currently required to be done within line of sight of the operator/pilot and below 400 feet AGL (above ground level) and during daylight hours, and 3 to 5 miles from public use airports.
- We strongly recommend that you review the online documentation at the FAA's website at: www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/uas
- YES. Formal classroom instruction and actual hands-on flight training is a requirement in purchasing any UAS from ReferenceTEK. The purpose of the formal training has several components:
- 1. The warranty program requires all operators to complete and pass a flight training program prior to independent flight operations.
- 2. Liability issues require clients to comply with ReferenceTEK's own flight safety standards (FSSs) and standard operating procedures (SOPs) which dictate that all of its clients will be exposed to the same levels of flight safety and training that are expected of its own corporate flight operations.
- Not at this time. ReferenceTEK intends to have each model of UAS inspected by the FAA for certification of air worthiness. This is in compliance with the flight safety standards established by the company which help ensure that all aircraft meet design performance and reliability goals prior to manufacturing and subsequent sales.
- The "Hybrid UAS is a new UAS offering from ReferenceTEK with proprietary design elements that extend the flight performance to the following "enhanced" specifications; flight duration beyond 6 hours, air speed over 50 MPH, payload capacity in excess of 20 pounds and payload hard-points for aerial or ground level remote deployment. These flight duration statistics are influenced by several mission and environmental conditions such as; battery/fuel configuration, air frame type, payload, flight altitude, air density, flight plan speeds, etc.
- The ReferenceTEK Hybrid UAS will be available in Q4 - 2015.