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,
The caustic combination of crosswind and an ice-crusted runway sent the aircraft skidding into a snow bank built up by plowing along the runway edge.
The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.
Pilots focus on preheating the engine during cold weather, but what about the cockpit? More than 30 percent of an aircraft's value is often tied up in the panel.
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