AeroVironment's Puma AE Small Unmanned Aircraft System Receives Federal Aviation Administration Type Certificate for Commercial Use
Puma is first-ever hand-launched unmanned aircraft system to be
FAAfor commercial missions
- First-of-its-kind Restricted Category type rating permits commercial missions
Prior to this Restricted Category type certificate being issued, it was not possible to operate an unmanned aircraft system in the national airspace for commercial operations. Although a potential user could obtain an experimental airworthiness certificate, the certificate specifically excluded and did not authorize the use of an unmanned aircraft system for commercial operations.
"This certificate represents an aviation milestone that could not have
happened without the FAA's vision and leadership," said
Researchers and other entities now will be able to perform aerial observation at significantly lower operational costs compared to manned aircraft. Puma AE also gives personnel the ability to immediately obtain and analyze aerial monitoring data because they will be able to hand launch Puma AE whenever needed, giving them a new option to traditional methods, such as manned aircraft, support ships and satellites.
The 13-pound Puma AE unmanned aircraft system does not require any
infrastructure, such as runways, launching pads, or recovery devices. It
is man-portable and can be assembled in minutes, hand-launched and
recovered on sea or land. This marks the first time the
"Because Puma is a very quiet aircraft and battery operated it can
monitor critical natural wildlife habitats at low altitudes without
disturbing the animals or adversely affecting pristine environments,"
About AeroVironment's Family of Small UAS
Wasp AE™, RQ-20A
Puma™ and Shrike
VTOL™ comprise AeroVironment's Family of Small Unmanned Aircraft
Systems. Operating with a common
ground control system (GCS), this Family of Systems provides
increased capability to the warfighter that can give ground commanders
the option of selecting the appropriate aircraft based on the type of
mission to be performed. This increased capability has the potential to
provide significant force protection and force multiplication benefits
to small tactical units and security personnel.
The Qube™ small UAS is tailored to search and rescue, first response, law enforcement and other public safety missions. Small enough to fit easily in the trunk of a car, the Qube system can be unpacked, assembled and ready for flight in less than five minutes, giving the operator a rapidly deployable eye in the sky at a fraction of the cost of manned aircraft and large unmanned aircraft.
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