August 20, 2013
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Worries about your unmanned aerial system icing up during a “long loiter” in a cold environment may soon be a thing of the past, said CAV Ice Protection Systems, announcing completion of a project that marks a “milestone development for the company.”
CAV, of New Century Airport, Kan., also a provider of ice protection for general aviation aircraft, said it is increasing its focus on the UAS market through product development, implementation, and consulting.
The company, a subsidiary of CAV Aerospace, said it had completed a consulting and manufacturing project for a UAS maker that it did not identify.
"From start to first customer delivery took less than 18 months," CAV said in a news release. The ice protection system "exudes a measured amount of glycol-based TKS fluid through precision laser-drilled microscopic holes in wing and empennage leading edges fashioned of titanium," it said.
"Inclusion of a fluid recirculation and heating system permits long loiters in cold environments, and the system meets NATO airworthiness safety requirements."
Unmanned aircraft that have incorporated CAV Ice Protection TKS systems include the General Atomics Predator, the Elbit Systems Hermes 900, and the Israel Aerospace Industries Heron, CAV said.
Safety and Education,
With a closing speed of about 900 knots, Air Force pilots on a training mission have seconds to aim and shoot heat-seeking and radar guided missiles at a drone target. Their success came from repeated rehearsals. But as author Larry Brown writes, “there is nothing like the real thing to gain experience.”
Pilots from Maine and New England turned out in numbers for the annual Maine Aviation Forum hosted by EAA Chapter 1434.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for certain Cessna models after icing-related accidents.
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